On any given day, we have dozens of conversations. You may ask a coworker how their weekend went on the way to your desk. A stranger might complain to you how the temperature has dropped significantly over the past few days and you respond by saying that you’re excited for fall because that means Pumpkin Spiced Lattes are back! Over dinner, you may ask your child how school was, only for them to confess how much they miss summer. These conversations happen every single day. However, we often neglect having one of the most important conversations with our loved ones.
September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Organizations around the world are raising awareness on suicide prevention. They are encouraging us to have a conversation with our loved ones, regarding a topic that was once considered too taboo to mention, and usually involved people whispering. Now, there is a worldwide effort to bring awareness, action, and support services to affect change and save lives.
This worldwide initiative will de-stigmatize the topic of suicide. In addition, it challenges all of us to make a difference in someone’s life, by having the compassion to ask, LISTEN, give support, and stay connected. We can help by just starting the conversation. Ask someone “Are you okay?” and then give them your full undivided attention. It is a small but compassionate effort that could save a life.
We briefly bring you a few resources to understand this delicate topic and to help you find resources if you or a loved one has experienced a death or has warning signs of a mental health crisis.
- Find local support and intervention for mental health challenges at NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness): or call NAMI Helpline at 800-950-NAMI. In a crisis, text “NAMI” to 741741.
- Reach out to organizations such as Suicide Prevention Lifeline. It is available confidentially and 24/7 for everyone in the United States at 1-800-273-8255.
- To know the risk factors and to learn more about the warning signs, visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
Suicide is preventable. Healing, hope and help can happen. By starting the conversation, listening without judgement, providing support, and directing help to those who need it, we can prevent suicide and save lives. The Catholic Cemeteries Association provides services to those who are struggling with grief due to the loss of a loved one.
This month, our September 2022 Bereavement Bulletin highlights the topic of Suicide Prevention and Awareness. You can view it by clicking here.
It is important to remember that God loves you- as an individual person. He cares about your life and wants to be a part of it. Even if you have done things that you regret, God will forgive you if you come to Him in faith. When you trust in God, He will give you peace, purpose, guidance, and salvation. God offers hope to all.
Thank you for doing your part to start the conversation, and to help bring awareness to suicide prevention and ultimately, to save lives.
Written by: Paige Muttillo | Marketing Associate