September is National Suicide Prevention Month.
#BeThe1To help someone else.
As part of National Suicide Prevention Month (9/1-9/30), the Lifeline is highlighting the key message that everyone has a role to play in suicide prevention. You might be wondering, “But what can I do?” You can do a lot – which is why we’re encouraging everyone this month to “Be The 1 To” help someone else.
Throughout September, we will be releasing a series of graphics that will list the 5 steps you can take to help someone in suicidal crisis. You will also find several other lifesaving resources here for you to share with family, friends, colleagues, and more via social media throughout the entire month and beyond.
Step 1: #BeThe1To… Ask.
You should also #BeThe1To ask:
…when somebody is in emotional pain and increasing their use of drugs and alcohol.
…when somebody is in emotional pain and sleeping very little (or much more than usual).
…when somebody is in emotional pain and feeling like there is no way out and no end to the pain.
…when somebody is in emotional pain and acting recklessly.
…when somebody is in emotional pain and feeling very angry or having other extreme moods.
Most people are concerned that asking will give the other person ideas or upset them more – but this is a myth. Research shows that people who are not suicidal do not become upset or “get ideas” if they are asked about it, and people who are having thoughts of suicide actually feel relief when someone asks them in a caring way. Always Be The 1 to Ask.
*** Keep checking back to this page throughout the month as we release the other 4 graphics and steps! To save a graphic, simply right click the image and select “Save Image As.”
source: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline