September is National Suicide Prevention Month: Working Together To Prevent Suicide.

Unite with LookUp and so many others in September for National Suicide Prevention Month.  We all play a roll in preventing suicide by being there for others who might be struggling or in crisis.  A national poll found that almost 50 percent of American respondents identified barriers that stopped them from trying to help someone at risk for suicide. These included the fear that they would say or do something to make things worse rather than better, and not knowing how to find help for a person in crisis.

The theme for World Suicide Prevention Day 2018 is “Working Together To Prevent Suicide.” On September 10, 2018 join together with hundreds of thousands of other people from across the globe to prevent suicide and save more lives. Take 5 encourages everyone to take 5 minutes out of their day and complete five action items on September 10: Learn the warning signs, Do your part, Practice self-care, Reach out, and Spread the word.

Learn the Warning Signs

One of the most important things you can do is know what to look for. Warning signs are not always obvious so look for change in patterns of  behavior. Your ability to identify the signs will better prepare you to take action and could help save a life.  Learn the signs.

Do Your Part

Teachers, parents, students, caregivers, and countless other stakeholders all play a vital role in preventing the tragedy of suicide. Preventing suicide is a collective responsibility. Learn how you can do more to raise awareness and prevent suicide. 

If you suspect your friend is contemplating suicide, ask them. Be direct. Consider using the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS)* screening, Only six questions to quickly determine whether someone may need help.

Practice Self-Care

Research indicates that our mental fitness or wellness is crucial to our overall long-term health, and can even protect us from disease. Learn some tips for keeping mentally fit. Make it a priority!

Reach Out

If you or someone you know is in emotional distress you must reach out for help. You are not alone. Learn about different help options and how to take that first step in seeking help and care.

If you or someone you know is experiencing signs of distress, please reach out to a mental health professional or get confidential, free support and text LOOKUP to 494949.

If you live in Indiana and need help finding a behavioral health provider, visit Find Help or call (800) 284-8439.

Spread the Word

Starting the conversation helps silence the stigma.  By sharing the Take 5 campaign with 5 other people we can raise awareness of problem of suicide and equip people with easy tools to help themselves and others.

See something on social media? Say something!

You may come across a concerning or worrisome post by one of your friends on social media. Even if you aren’t close with the person, you CAN do something about it! Use the links to learn more about supporting someone online:

Facebook: Watch videoOne page explanation

Twitter:  Reporting self-harm

Instagram: Suicide and self-harm reporting

 

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More resources available on our Suicide Prevention Topic Page Here.

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If you or someone you know is experiencing signs of distress, please reach out to a mental health professional or get confidential, free support and text LOOKUP to 494949.


If you live in Indiana and need help finding a behavioral health provider, visit Find Help or call (800) 284-8439.

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