This month is used to bring awareness and resources to help and build communities and to ensure that families, friends, and individuals can be able to discuss the topic of suicide prevention.
Knowledge is key when being able to identify warning signs early on and recognizing other types of mental illnesses to either cope through a situation or to help another person through a crisis.
Always keep in mind that everyone is different. Depression or anxiety can go unseen because people are afraid to express themselves or ask for help. If you recognize early warning signs, start a conversation, listen, and care for that individual and reassure them that we all struggle and they are not alone. There is no shame in asking for help, as well as lightening the burden they carry.
There are so many topics that underlie suicide prevention and mental health and this is the best time to bring awareness and action so we have the knowledge and opportunity to help erase the stigma.
If you or someone you know needs emergency assistance, contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.