5 things you can do to help prevent suicide

September 13, 2018
Suicide Prevention Week

It keeps happening. Or at least it seems that way.

Over the past several months, we've heard about celebrities who have died by suicide. For whatever reason, people like Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain didn't see how it was worth staying with us and keep sharing their talents. They saw no way out.

And it doesn't just happen to people living in the spotlight. Some of our neighbors, friends, family members and coworkers have felt the same way.

That's why, this Suicide Prevention Week, it's imperative to take time to learn the signs and help people who are thinking about taking their own lives. Here are five things you can do right now that just might help someone you love:

  • Ask directly about thoughts of suicide. If you suspect someone you love is thinking about suicide, ASK! It's not going to increase their risk of suicide, but it WILL start the conversation.
  • Reduce access to lethal means. Lock up guns. Remove presciption medications from your home. Call 9-1-1 if necessary.
  • Listen. Being there is a great thing. You may not have all the right words, but showing you care can mean the world.
  • Help to connect them to support. Keep these numbers handy: 800-273-8255 (National Suicide Prevention Life Line); 877-695-6333 (crisis hotline for Warren and Clinton Counties); and 741741 (text "4hope" to this number to start a discussion).
  • Encourage your loved one to talk with a counselor. Even when the crisis is de-escalated, the reason for it may linger. It helps to get into treatment and develop coping skills and promblem solving skills, too.

Be a friend, and #bethe1to bet there for your loved ones. They would no doubt do the same for you.

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