This month is Suicide Awareness Month. Suicide is still too frequent. How do we stop it? Though we may not be able to prevent all suicides, we may be able to stop many just by doing a few simple things.
- Ask – ask how they’re doing. Just knowing you care helps.
- Be there- this goes along with the first one. If someone is struggling knowing you are there for them helps them to not feel alone.
- Check up on them. This will reinforce that they are not alone.
The Suicide Prevention Lifeline has other things you can do as well, but these are what I suggest if you feel a family member or friend is suicidal. When all this fails get professional help. Don’t worry if your friend or family member will be angry (they may be), but your goal is to keep them safe. And anger is better than overwhelming sadness.
1–800-273-8255 is the Suicide hotline you can call in the US. Here is a list of international hotlines.
You have survived every obstacle and are strong enough to survive this one too. You are an essential part of my life whether I have met you or not. By being here reading this I need you. I am blessed to have you in my life!
Love, Peace and Light! Rita