September is national suicide prevention month. The purpose of having a month dedicated to suicide prevention is to decrease the stigma around mental health and increase suicide prevention awareness. A component of increasing awareness is understanding mental health and substance use disorders while celebrating recovery. Help build resilience by encouraging help-seeking conversations in our community! We have included resources and activities to spread the message about suicide prevention, emotional resiliency, recovery, and hope.
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Suicide can be prevented. Many of us have been touched by the tragedy of suicide. We may have lost someone close to us or been moved by the loss of someone we may have never met. Suicide can be prevented; you can help by taking the following actions:
- Know the Signs: Most people who are considering suicide show some warning signs or signals of their intentions. Learn to recognize these warning signs and how to respond to them by visiting the Know the Signs web site (www.suicideispreventable.org).
- Find the Words: If you are concerned about someone, ask them directly if they are thinking about suicide. This can be difficult to do but being direct provides an opportunity for them to open up and talk about their distress and will not suggest the idea to them if they aren’t already thinking about it. The “Find the Words” section of the Know the Signs web site (www.suicideispreventable.org) suggests ways to start the conversation.
- Reach Out: You are not alone in this. Before having the conversation, become familiar with some resources to offer to the person you are concerned about. Visit the Reach Out section of California’s Suicide Prevention campaign web site (www.suicideispreventable.org) to identify where you can find help for your friend or loved one.
CRISIS RESOURCE LINES:
Local Suicide Crisis Line: (951)686-HELP
COVID-19 Info Line: 2-1-1
RUHS-Behavioral Health Access Line: 1(800)706-7500
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1(800)273-TALK
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