In the era of Covid-19, as we all try to protect our mental health and cope with uncertainty, it’s more important than ever that we be there for each other and take steps to prevent suicide. You don’t have to be a mental health professional to make a difference. There are simple things we can all do to safeguard our mental health, and you don’t have to do it alone. From learning the warning signs for suicide and what to do if you are worried someone is struggling, to advocating for smart suicide prevention legislation, to having a #RealConvo about your own or others’ mental health, to bringing education programs to your community, we can all learn new ways to help each other save lives. Together, we #KeepGoing.
Stories to #KeepGoing
By working together, gaining increased understanding, and encouraging the widespread application of proven strategies, we can save lives.
Hopefully these tips can empower you to have a #RealConvo, and be a helpful canvas to the people in your life.
As difficult as it was to go through all of this, the hardest part was admitting I needed help. Reaching out for help was one of the scariest things I’ve ever had to do, but I knew it had to be done.
Comedian Gary Gulman talks about the importance of having a #RealConvo, and reaching out for help when you need it.
Last month, we partnered with The Mighty for an "Ask Dr. Jill" livestream centered around how to have a #RealConvo about mental health.
The responsibility lies with all of us to pay attention to who used to be around the table, and who isn’t any longer.
"The conversation I had dreaded the most, ended up being the most beautiful moment with my precious son yet."
A recipe worth sticking around for.
For Mental Health Awareness Month, we’ve been encouraging people to have a #RealConvo about mental health.
Rather than asking me how my father died or why he "chose" to do it, I wish people would ask me how my father lived. Ask me his name. Ask me what kind of person he was.
For other parents who have lost a child to suicide, here are nine suggestions I’d like to share.
There may be obstacles, but they can be conquered together. You are loved and you do matter.
"I knew it could make a difference to people traveling a similar path as my husband, or to those, like me, who had lost someone."
If sharing my own is helpful to just one person who hears it, I feel it is worth doing.
Many people have wondered how my parents, as two psychiatrists, could have ended up in this situation.
My first year of college shined a spotlight on my mental health.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has set a bold goal to reduce the nation’s annual suicide rate 20 percent by the year 2025.
Several clips of walkers at AFSP's Out of the Darkness Campus Walk events background video
Resources and programs
National Suicide Prevention Week 2020 Partner Toolkit
A set of quick tips to help you fight to stop suicide.
We are amid an unprecedented public health crisis, yet we also have an extraordinary opportunity to come together within our families and our communities to reduce the stigma that often surrounds mental health.
The Model School District Policy on Suicide Prevention provides a thorough plan for school districts to implement suicide prevention policies in their community.
More Than Sad has taught over a million students and educators how to be smarter about mental health.