Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, which means organizations like the International Association for Suicide Prevention, the World Health Organization and The Trevor Project are working together to let people know that they are not alone.
If you want to add your voice to the conversation and spread messages of help and hope, here are four ways you can take action on World Suicide Prevention Day:
+ Take the Talk to Me Pledge
Photo: (Trevor Project)
This month The Trevor Project, an org providing crisis intervention and suicide intervention to LGBTQ youth, is hosting a campaign for conversation. By taking the Talk to Me pledge, you're committing to let someone know that you care and are “willing to listen without judgment.” Can you commit to care? If so, sign the pledge now.
+ Shine Your Light
At 8 p.m. on Tuesday, the IASP is asking everyone to light a candle and put it near a window. This light will let people know that you think their lives are important and that there is help for those who are struggling. If you can't light a candle, you can download an e-card to send to your friends and family.
+ Wear Your TWLOHA shirt
Today, rock your favorite clothes or accessories that spread a message of hope. If you've got a favorite TWLOHA shirt, throw it on and make sure people know you’re there if they need help. This year TWLOHA is focusing on the message that You Cannot Be Replaced; by doing something as simple as putting on those clothes or accessories, you’re reinforcing that message and showing your friends that you believe their lives are worth living.
+ Take 5 (to Save Lives)
If you have five minutes, you can learn about ways to recognize the warning signs of suicide. By learning about these signs, you’ll be better prepared to note if your friend or family member is struggling with mental health issues. If you do see these signs in someone you know, contact a mental health professional or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for a referral.
If you or a friend needs help, you can also turn to organizations like Half Of Us to find resources.