September is Suicide Prevention Month however awareness should not be limited to this month!
September to raise awareness about suicide prevention and promote mental health and well-being. National Institute of Mental Health has provided tips to provide help to those in need. Together we can make progress in preventing suicide and promoting mental health and well-being.
When someone is struggling with thoughts of suicide or mental health challenges is incredibly important. Here are some steps you can take to help your friend:
1. ASK “Are you thinking about killing yourself?”
2.LISTEN carefully and acknowledge their feelings.
3.CONNECT by Following up and staying in touch especially after a stressful event or crisis
4.HELP them connect with resources and support
As friends and loved ones we are not a replacement for professional mental health care. These resources can be used as an adjunct, encourage your friend to seek help from mental health professionals who can provide the appropriate treatment and support. Yet still, don’t underestimate the role support, understanding, and encouragement can provide!