National Suicide Prevention Week
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.
It’s time to deepen the conversation.
Some are afraid that by asking someone 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.”
It’s only by learning more about what leads someone to suicide, the ways we can help to prevent it, and what resources are available – and not being afraid to ask when we’re worried about someone, or for help when we need it ourselves – that we can empower our communities to address this leading cause of death.
We all have mental health. It’s time we 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.
Together We Can Help #StopSuicide Campaign Report
Learn more about how we made a difference with our 2021 National Suicide Prevention Month Campaign!View the report
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National Suicide Prevention Week Event Calendar
Have a #RealConvo
Discover quick tips for having a #RealConvo about mental healthLearn more
Self-Care Strategies for Resilience
A flyer with self care strategies.Download and share
Simple Actions You Can Take to Help Prevent Suicide
A set of quick tips to help you fight to stop suicide.Download and share
Have a #RealConvo
You don’t need special training to have an open, authentic conversation about mental health. Often, just talking about it can be the first important step in understanding someone and helping them get support or treatment if needed.Learn more
National Suicide Prevention Week Radio PSA Scripts
15, 30, and 60 second PSA scripts for local radio stations to raise awareness about National Suicide Prevention Week.Download and share