World Suicide Prevention Awareness Day
WARNING THIS COULD BE A TRIGGERING POST: Today, September 10, 2020, is World Suicide Prevention Awareness Day. Content in this issue contains information on death and dying, mental illness, and mental health crisis, which some readers may find triggering. If you need support at any time, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255, or the National Postpartum Depression Hotline at 1-800-PPD-MOMS.
This can be a HARD thing to say. For me, I don’t want to put that seed in their head, if it isn’t already there. I do pray for discernment. Simply say “How are you feeling? Do you have anything in the home that can harm you? Are you safe? How can I help? Do you feel the urge to do something unsafe to yourself.”
I always follow up those questions with truths. “You are loved. I love you. You are my treasure. There is hope. Value to your life.”
#BeThe1To KEEP THEM SAFE
I usually show up, if I can. There have been many hours spent cleaning my friends up while reminding them they are loved. I have sat at hospitals for hours on end to just be present and remind them that they are loved and treasured. This is a moment, this does not have to be their forever. Sometimes, I have to be their voice when they are struggling to find their words.
#BeThe1To BE THERE
Did the people in the back hear this? LISTEN WITHOUT JUDGMENT AND WITH COMPASSION AND EMPATHY. This is NOT hard. Just simply listen, support, encourage, and cry with them. They don’t need you to fix it. Honestly, they just need an ear.
#BeThe1To HELP THEM CONNECT
Know the number. Call it for them, if they need you to. Be the one who calls in the cavalry if you need to. Give them a list of people that can listen and help. Pastors, family, friends, therapists and then make sure they follow through! Go with them if they need it.
#BeThe1To FOLLOW UP
When the crisis is over, for that moment, follow up and check on them. Once a week, send an encouraging text. Call. Visit. Somehow relay that you are so thankful that they are there and the purpose that they have in this life. God is not done with them yet!
BEThe1To You can save a life…just by asking!!!!!!!!!!!!