The holiday season can be really hard for people. If you or a loved one are thinking about suicide there are resources that are available for you. Talk to a trusted adult like your school counselor, teacher, or family member. When someone has suicidal thoughts, it is an emergency!
You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text “START” to 741741.
If you want to be involved in suicide prevention. You can check out We R Native’s website and the International Association for Suicide Prevention’s (IASP) or the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s (AFSP) webpages for more information, factsheets, and Suicide Prevention events worldwide: iasp.info or afsp.org.
Here’s what you can do:
•Organize a cultural or spiritual event to raise awareness about suicide (maybe an Out of the Darkness Walk).
•Organize a training at your school on suicide and depression…host a Question, Persuade, Respond (QPR) training or TeenScreen event.
•Watch We R Native YouTube video’s on suicide prevention.
•Create a video about suicide prevention and post it on We R Native.
•Check out these additional resources: Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (save.org) or the get involved page of the Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
•Create and share hopeful message by using the #WeNeedYouHere blank sign. This small message can remind a friend, a family member, or even a person across the country that We Are Connected and #weneedyouhere.
•Apply for a We R Native mini grant of up to $475 to host a World Suicide Prevention month activity. Learn more and apply here
Spread the word that suicide CAN BE PREVENTED!