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Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death* in the United States; on average, there are approximately 132 suicides per day*. But what can we do to change this? How can you start helping those around you, or even yourself, when it seems like there is no hope?
First, let’s focus attention on the issue. Then, reduce the stigma and raise awareness among organizations, governments, and the public by conveying that suicides are preventable.
But how, you may ask? Listen. That is what you need to do every day. Not just with your ears but your heart and whole body. Talk to them and listen if you see someone struggling; it may be the only thing they need. Compassion and empathy can go a long way.
You can also find so many organizations that are having events to raise awareness. Join in on something you may enjoy and get the whole family involved. I just saw on Facebook that Stop Solider has a 30-mile Dog Walk Challenge from September 1-30. They are holding this virtual challenge to raise funds for veterans and service members to provide free mental health and wellness to members. You don’t necessarily need a dog to walk; you can sign up anytime. So head over to their page and register now!
September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. This year, the World Health Organization and the International Association for Suicide Prevention have launched a campaign- Creating Hope Through Action. Their goal is to encourage understanding and compassion by reaching out and listening.
If you or someone you know is struggling, help is available 24/7. Call or Text the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at ‘988’ to access free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States.
*Statistics from afsp.org