September 6th-12th is National Suicide Prevention Week.
Suicide does not discriminate. All genders, races, and ages can experience suicidal thoughts.
It is ESSENTIAL that all healthcare providers are well versed in discussing mental health-related issues.
What can you do to help?
1. Have the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number: 1-800-273-8255. Make sure all of your friends and family have this phone number. Program it into your phone. Suicidal thoughts are NEVER normal and should be addressed immediately
2. Post about mental health awareness, suicide prevention, and where to get help on social media
3. Educate yourself on the warning signs
4. Pledge to be Stigma Free through the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
5. Volunteer at a local crisis center
6. Donate to support the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Let's end the stigma surrounding mental illness-help spread awareness.
Until next time,
**If you or a loved one has suicidal thoughts, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. If the situation is life-threatening, call 911 immediately.**