Suicide is a troubling topic that most of us would rather not deal with, but suicide is a reality, and it is more common than we would like to think. By paying attention to warning signs, talking about the “unthinkable,” getting connected with family, friends, and our culture – we may be able to help a friend in a time of need.
Each September you can join We R Native in supporting National Suicide Prevention Month. By educating our friends and family about suicide and mental illness we can spread the word that suicide CAN BE PREVENTED.
Get started by reading a few of these articles. Educate yourself about suicide and warning signs:
- Friend Post Something Concerning?
- Deliberate self harm
- When your friend is talking about suicide
- When someone takes their own life: how you might feel
- Wanting to end your life
- Suicide warning signs
- If you need immediate help, text “Native” to 741741
- Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: Dial or text 988 from any phone for free 24/7 support.
Then, take action and spread the word that suicide CAN BE PREVENTED! Here’s what you can do:
- Organize a cultural or spiritual event to raise awareness about suicide.
- Organize a training at your school on suicide and depression…host a QPR training or TeenScreen event.
- Create a video about suicide prevention and post it on We R Native.