How To Prevent Suicide
National Suicide Prevention Week is Sept. 8-14, and more than recognizing, understanding is what we need to try to seek.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has debunked many myths about suicide, one of the most common being that prevention is impossible. “If someone is set on taking their own life, they will.”
False. Most who contemplate this last resort do not want to die, but rather wish to put an end to pain-- the detrimental weight of pain, whether physical, mental, or emotional. Interventions save lives daily.
Another cringe-worthy fallacy is that victims of suicide are selfish and weak.
Wrong. Upwards of 90% of suicidal individuals have more than one illness such as: depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc.
Those who talk about it are just talking for attention or ‘a cry for help?’
That need not be ignored. As ASFP says, “A cry for help is a cry for help—so help.”
Paying attention can help to prevent future heartache for those left behind. Discussion need not be hush-hush. Speak up, speak out, save lives.
If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).