Suicide is a growing phenomenon in the USA and around the world. Especially in this difficult time of pandemics, natural disasters and divisive politics, suicide prevention is for everyone.
World Suicide Prevention Day is September 10 each year, and it’s a time for all of us to stop and look around. People in our own social networks are struggling in silence, and it’s hard to know how to start up a conversation with them. But it’s even harder to know that you could have spoken up, but now it’s too late.
Natasha Tracy in her “Bipolar Blog” urges us to just start the conversation and forget the rules. Don’t be afraid to say the word “suicide” and let your loved ones know that you care about them and worry for them. Listening is the main work we can do for another person, and getting into that place where a real conversation can take place is the first and most important step for suicide prevention.
In the USA call toll-free 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for a free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis.
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