WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY
2019 Theme is “Working Together to Prevent Suicide”
What can I do to aid in suicide prevention?
- Know the warnings of suicide.
- Raise awareness about the warning signs of suicide.
- Have compassion for those in the community who may be experiencing mental health feelings of distress.
Suicide Prevention Plan
- It’s very helpful to have a safety plan ready before thoughts of suicide occur.
- Make a Plan for Life. Make a plan to stay alive and follow it—seek Help
- Stay in contact with your doctor. Always have your doctor’s phone number with you, as well as a suicide hotline number, 1-800-704-2651
- Stay in contact with trusted friends. Develop a list of phone numbers with those you trust and keep it with you.
- Recognize symptoms for what they are. Remember feelings are not facts. Suicidal feelings are not your fault and they are only a symptom of your illness.
- Write down your thoughts. Spend time each day writing down things and people that you appreciate and bring you joy. Refer to this when you feel low, sad, or suicidal. A mood tracker is helpful.
- Connect with other people socially. When you are feeling suicidal, don’t be alone for long periods of time. Seek trusted friends.
- Avoid drugs and alcohol. Consumption of drugs and alcohol can lead to actions that could be very dangerous.
- Know when it’s best to go to the hospital. Ask for help if you need it!
- Understand your health coverage. If you have insurance, call the number on the back of your card for providers.
- Keep yourself safe. Make sure you don’t have access to guns or weapons.
- Give yourself time to get better.
Are You Feeling Suicidal?
Reach out for help. Talk to family or friends and call the 24 hour crisis hotline. 1-800-704-2651