September 10 is International Suicide Prevention Day. Suicide is consistently one of the top 20 causes of death around the globe. Worldwide, a person dies due to suicide every 40 seconds. Talking about suicide and suicidal thoughts can be as challenging as it is important. In an effort to make those conversations just a little easier, the International Association for Suicide Prevention partners with the World Health Organization and the World Federation for Mental Health every year to raise awareness about suicide and its impacts. 2018's theme is “Working Together to Prevent Suicide.”
How can I find help?
If you are worried that you might hurt yourself, consider these resources. All of these helplines are available anytime day or night.
- Call 911 or visit the nearest hospital emergency room
- Colorado Crisis Services: 1-844-493-8255 or text TALK to 38255
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
- Trevor Project (for LGBTQ+ Youth): 1-800-488-7386
How can I help someone else?
Be familiar with common signs that someone might be having suicidal thoughts. Be familiar with these Action Steps from the National Institute of Health.
- Ask the person if they are thinking of killing themselves
- Keep them Safe by limiting their access to dangerous places or items
- Be there by listening and learning how they are feeling
- Help them connect to resources for safety and mental health
- Stay Connected by following up with them after the immediate crisis seems to have passed.
If you see something on social media that makes you worry about someone who lives in another place, you can still help! You can report concerning behaviors or content through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and Periscope when you click on Suicide Prevention on Social Media.
Remember too that sometimes folks are hurting and do not show any signs. If someone close to you makes a choice to end their life, be kind to yourself and seek out the support you need.
Other ways to participate in Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th.
- Light a candle in or near a window at 8 PM on September 10th to show your support for survivors of suicide, suicide prevention or to remember a lost loved one.
- Take a look at this brochure from the International Association for Suicide Prevention about suicide and its impacts worldwide. The brochure contains in-depth information about suicide prevention and is available in 9 languages.
- Register for Cycle Around the Globe (September 1-17) to join other people throughout the world in collectively cycling around the world (that's 40,075 km or 24,900 miles!). Registration and participation are free.
- Learn about suicide prevention activities throughout the world.
- Find more resources about suicide, including novels and other tough topics.
- Check out resources on Suicide Prevention in the Arapahoe Libraries catalog.