How to Participate in National Suicide Prevention Week

As Suicide Prevention Week draws near, many people around the country will recognize the time by raising suicide awareness, among other things. The week of September 6 – 12 is formally recognized as Suicide Prevention Week. It provides a marker to remind us of the many people who are struggling with suicidal thoughts, mental health disorders, or who have lost a loved one to suicide. Every year since 1975, this week has been filled with activities to commemorate the time. You may be wondering how you can contribute. Let’s look at three ways you can participate in National Suicide Prevention Week.

Educate Yourself And Others

Suicide awareness begins with education. If you and others around you don’t know about the risks or suicide, then you can’t work to prevent it. You can start by educating yourself. There are plenty of reputable, government-sponsored websites that will give you information about suicide and suicide prevention. It’s vital to recognize the signs of suicidal tendencies so that you can respond appropriately.

Also, you can help educate others who might not know much about this problem or who are struggling with suicidal thoughts themselves.

Reach Out

Another way you can participate in Suicide Prevention Week is by reaching out to those who are in need. This includes both those who have suicidal tendencies and those who have lost someone to suicide. Reaching out means you show that you care about what they are going through. Even if you don’t understand everything they are facing, you can show your compassion.

Reaching out to someone in need can also provide life-saving help. You might be able to point them in the direction of much-needed mental health treatment. It’s necessary for those dealing with suicidal thoughts to get help before the thoughts become action.

Start Something

You can start “something.” It can be as simple as a conversation. You can talk to your neighbors and co-workers about the topic of suicide and suicide prevention. Often, the reason people don’t seek mental health treatment when struggling with suicidal thoughts is that there is such a stigma surrounding this topic. We must break through the secrecy shrouding this topic and bring it out into the light. By removing the stigma, more people won’t feel ashamed by their thoughts and feelings, thereby seeking help instead.

If you own a business, big or small, you can host a conference on the topic of suicide prevention. You can hang up posters, pass out fliers, or have a training workshop for your employees. Let your employees know that they have a safe space where they work to discuss mental health treatment.

Support Suicide Prevention Week with Northern Illinois Recovery Center

At Northern Illinois Recovery Center, we are here to help guide you through difficult times. If you are struggling with mental health issues, don’t do it alone. Find hope for the future by seeking the mental health treatment you need. During National Suicide Prevention Week, it is an ideal time to start the journey for a brighter future.

At Northern Illinois Recovery Center, we provide many evidence-based therapy programs that will get you on the road to recovery. Some of these programs include:

Don’t let mental health issues prevent you from a happy life. You can achieve hope and happiness. During suicide prevention week, take control of your future by joining a quality treatment center. Contact Northern Illinois Recovery Center at 855.786.1978, and we’ll get you on the path to recovery today.