And Now, a Post About National Suicide Prevention Month…

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(Zentangle(R)-inspired background illustration by Jenn Webster)

As most of you bloggers and blog followers out there have already known, this very month, which is September, is National Suicide Prevention Month; Now, with the news of the suicides of such people as Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain and even Margot Kidder, then I seem to have this gut feeling that this month may surely be more powerful than ever in terms of how we use the month to raise awareness about the prevention of future suicides…
Throughout the month of September, prevention organizations, mental health advocates, and even survivors and allies use this month to help promote awareness to prevent suicide; September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day, while the week that is surrounding it is National Suicide Prevention Week, in which it is the week that is focused on stories as well as resources.
Now, through the courtesy of the website Suicide Prevention Lifeline, here are tips to help those when someone they know and love is thinking about taking his or her own life…

  1. When those are having thoughts of suicide, they feel relief once a person asks after them in a caring way. 
  2. The best way to keep them safe is when lethal means are made less available or less deadly. 
  3. When a person speaks to someone who has suicidal thoughts, that happens to be the person who speaks to a suicidal person who also listens without judgment. 
  4. Help those who have been thinking about taking their own lives stay connected; Studies indicate that helping someone at risk create a network of resources and individuals for support and safety can help them take positive action and reduce feelings of hopelessness. 

If you would like to find out more about how to keep someone that you know and love from taking his or her own life, then please go to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

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