The month of September is recognized as National Suicide Prevention Month. Suicide does not discriminate- any age, gender, ethnicity, and background can have suicidal thoughts. Every year, too many individuals die by suicide. Leaving family and friends behind to wonder if there was anything they could have done to prevent this. Below are some links that will provide helpful information on suicide and prevention. But please remember, that no matter what, help is always available.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) does a wonderful job of providing resources and bringing awareness to suicide prevention. They offer a blog where during the month of September they will be focusing on preventing and preparing for a crisis, as well as how to respond in the aftermath. They will be posting weekly! NAMI also provides additional informational resources plus other resources.
The National Suicide Prevention Life Line is a “national network of local crisis centers that provide free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week”. They have specific crisis resources that anyone can use. There is a wide range of resources to choose from that each cater to a specific group. They also have stories of hope and recovery available as well as volunteer opportunities.
New Directions brings awareness to the prevalence of suicide deaths in the U.S. Wanting to spread awareness and share facts that will help educate and break the stigma around talking about suicide, New Directions offers a downloadable toolkit that users can use that helps to do just that. They also have videos you can share as well as graphics that discuss facts and stories of survivors.
Suicide is never the answer, there always is a better and safer option. While these resources can be a huge help, we strongly encourage that if you or anyone you know may have suicidal thoughts or tendencies to call this number immediately, 1-800-273-8255. Help is always available.
In addition to these resources we also strongly encourage therapy. Here at Mathews Counseling, we are here to help you whenever you need us, especially if you or a loved one is experiencing suicidal thoughts.
At Mathews Counseling, all of our therapists are highly qualified with a minimum of a Master’s degree in a mental health field, licensed by a state board, and experienced in the areas listed on their bios. We are sure there are a number of other questions you may have with regards to starting therapy and we are happy to answer any of them.