As Suicide Prevention Month winds down, it is important to recognize that talking about suicide is something we should do throughout the year. While it might be an uncomfortable conversation for many, it’s past time for us to acknowledge that suicidal ideations and suicide itself have been on the rise for years – it is currently the second leading cause of death in the United States and is preventable.
Together we can destigmatize suicide, but to do that we must first learn to lean into our discomfort on the subject and acknowledge that difficult conversations are hard, but necessary. Talking to someone who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts may be the action that helps prevent them from following through. Being that listening ear and that safe place for someone to come to when in need of support will make a difference.
Suicide prevention is impacted by:
- Having a safe place to come home to
- Being loved unconditionally
- Having someone who believes in you
Let’s learn to talk about suicide and be there for each other to prevent suicides.
For more information about suicide prevention contact,
The Trevor Project | For Young LGBTQ Lives
Mental Health America | Homepage | Mental Health America (mhanational.org)