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According to the CDC, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. Many are unsure how to talk about suicide for fear of making light of the situation or not knowing how to respond. Luckily there are many great resources for those struggling with suicide or those who want to build motivation, confidence, and skills to encourage meaningful conversations with others.
Check out the following resources for ways to become involved in the fight against suicide.
Suicide Prevention Hotline:
The Suicide Prevention Hotline is a free, confidential service that is available 24/7 for people in distress. Some of the local resources they provide include a tool to find a therapist or support group, a safety plan tutorial, and tips to help others who may be struggling. Resources are also available for specific populations like veterans, Native Americans, attempt survivors, youth, loss survivors, LGBTQ+ members, etc.
Crisis Text Line:
Text 741741, crisistextline.org
The Crisis Text Line is a free service available 24/7 to help with any type of crisis. Text TALK to 741741 to get started. The first two responses users receive are automated before they are connected with a Crisis Counselor. This tool is meant to provide support and help an individual reach a safe place, not to provide medical advice.
R U OK
Visit the R U OK website for more information about having a productive conversation with others that may be struggling. They offer conversation tips, check-in suggestions, and tools to promote suicide awareness at work and in the community. Their goal is to help individuals be prepared for unexpected situations regarding suicide.
“Out of Darkness” Fundraiser
Show support and promote suicide awareness by wearing a turquoise and purple ribbon. It’s a great conversation starter and can be an easy way to talk with others or share helpful resources about suicide prevention. Consider participating in an “Out of the Darkness” fundraiser walk to raise awareness for the fight against suicide. Click here to find a nearby walk.
“Cycle Around the Globe”
Participate in the global effort to prevent suicide by joining “Cycle Around the Globe” from September 10th to October 10th. Get family and friends involved and cycle any distance on any road, track, or gym to raise suicide prevention awareness.
Register here. Cycle Around the Globe – IASP
Donate, Share Your Story, or Volunteer with SAVE:
SAVE (suicide awareness voices of education) provides education, grief support, public awareness, and training resources. They offer easy opportunities to donate or volunteer to support the mission of suicide prevention. Individuals can also find support by sharing their stories of hope and reading the stories of others.