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Home My Community Kosciusko County News National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Death by suicide is tragic and often misunderstood. Often, people do not feel that they have any other option than to die by their own hands. If you can imagine having tunnel vision and only being able to see that option. People who die by suicide often do not actually want to die, they simply cannot see other options. Watch the video here: (LINK- 2% Video) to hear Kevin Hines share his story. Warning: the material may cause you to have an emotional reaction. Should you have thoughts of suicide, please reach out to the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

QPR, or Question, Persuade, Refer, allows for anyone to be trained in suicide prevention interventions. For information on how to get connected with QPR, please reach out to alexandra.myers@bowencenter.org.

Death by suicide can be difficult to deal with for survivors (those who have lost a loved one to death by suicide). It is important to understand helpful ways to support survivors. Here are a few ideas: Listen, remember positive memories about the person they lost, offer help with practical tasks, avoid going in to problem-solving mode, and do not look for a way to place blame. Huffington post offers a few more ideas here (LINK). It is important to note that if this person needs to reach out to professional help, they may also access help through the hotline mentioned above (1-800-273-8255) or by using LookUp to guide them to more assistance.

When in doubt, always reach out. It could save a life.

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