September marks the National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. This is a time when We shed light on a topic that often remains in the shadows –mental health and suicide prevention. Suicidal thoughts much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age gender and background.In this article, we’ll explore the importance of this month,and we can contribute to saving lives.
What is National suicide prevention Awareness Month?
National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month is an annual event dedicated to raising awareness about suicide and its prevention. It’s time to reach out to them, openwith conversations, share resources and offer support to individuals struggling with thoughts of self-harm, show them they’re not alone, your support might mean more than you know.
IMPORTANCE OF THE MONTH
Everyone is affected by suicide, not just the victim. Suicide and suicide attemptsimpact family and friends long after the loss of a loved one. According to the research, every 40 seconds, someone loses their life to suicide.
This September, the first step is to break the silence and talk about suicide prevention every day.
Here are a few steps to help support the victims:
- Break The Stigma
We MUST break the silence, and open discussion about mental health, and suicide, and help to break down the stigma associated with seeking help.
- Raising awareness
By spreading the word, we can educate more people about the signs of depressionlike lack of interest in hobbies, body aches, and insomnia and we can also guide them about the circumstances that increase suicide risks such as mental health issues, bullying, financial problems, relationship problems etc.
- Supporting Survivors
It’s time to support those who have lost loved ones to suicide. Suicide preventionbegins with all of us. It takes courage to care, but it takes even more courage to offer help.
How Can We Contribute?
- Learn the signs!
Keep an eye on their behaviour and familiarize yourself with the signs Such as lack of interest, changes in behaviour etc.
- Listen actively!
Be a compassionate listener to those who may be struggling. Sometimes, hearing someone can make a huge impact.
- Offer help!
If someone you know is struggling with mental health encourage them to reach out to mental health professional or helpline.
National Suicide Prevention Awareness Monthserves as a reminder that we are all in this together. By participating, you become a part of spreading awareness, helping to save lives and create a world where no onemustsuffer alone. Let’s work together to make a difference and create a world where mental health is prioritized.
No Silence. No Shame. No Stigma. No Suicide.