People have become increasingly comfortable talking about their mental health, particularly this past year. But the topic of suicide – when it comes up – is still scary for many people to think about.
Some of us are afraid that by asking another person if they’re having thoughts of suicide, it will put the idea in their head, or push them to take their lives. (Which research shows is not true.) Some are worried that they won’t know what to do, or how to help, if the person tells them, “Yes – I am thinking about suicide.”
We can empower each other to address this leading cause of death by learning more about what leads someone to suicide, the ways we can help prevent it, and what resources are available to support us all.
Chances are, we all know someone who has mental health struggles and we all have the ability to take the next step – ask more deeply about what someone is experiencing, and if we need it, find help together.
Together, we can help #StopSuicide.
The team at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention have put together some amazing resources that we encourage you to check out. Below are some samples of what you will find on their site.
Quick tips for having a #RealConvo About Mental Health:
- When someone is struggling, just listen
- Let the other person share at their own speed
- Don’t pass judgment or offer advice — just be there
- We all experience mental health differently, and that’s okay
Check back in, and offer to connect them to help if they need it
#RealConvo Starters for You and Your Friends