Suicide Prevention Week: How can YOU make a difference?
This week is National Suicide Prevention Week. In 2013, we began an initiative to help prevent suicide on the Rosebud Reservation. At the time, the suicide rate was enormous – and we knew that we could help change the grim statistics. Since then, our hotline has been open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, taking calls (and Facebook messages) from those contemplating suicide, in crisis or in need of help.
YOU can help make a difference in someone’s life. Awareness and understanding the signs of suicide can be the first step to helping prevent suicide. What are the warning signs?
• Talking about suicide
• Seeking access to means to commit suicide
• Preoccupation with death
• No hope for the future
• Self-loathing or self-hatred
• Getting affairs in order
• Saying goodbye
• Withdrawing from others
• Self-Destructive behavior
• Sudden sense of calm
What can you do if you spot these warning signs in someone you know?
1 – Speak up. Talk to them about it (and if you are a child, talk to a trusted adult)
2 – Respond quickly. Don’t wait if you spot a warning sign.
3 – Offer help and support.
If you are on the Rosebud, call us at 605.319.1280. There is help available for you!
Interested in volunteering? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
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