An Open Conversation: Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month (September) is about making mental health an open discussion between family, friends, and peers. It’s important to highlight the voices and stories of those who are in recovery from suicidal thoughts, to spread messages of hope and resilience. 

When asked, more than 9 in 10 adults (94%) have said they would do something if someone close to them was contemplating suicide. 

Checking in on those around you and having these conversations can make an impact in their life. Keep an eye out for the signs and reach out to show your support by learning some of these conversation starters:

Phrases You Can Ask

“I’ve noticed you’ve been down lately? What’s going on?” 

“Hi, we haven’t talked in a while. How are you?” 

“Is there anything you want to talk about?” 

Offering A Listening Ear

Remember that you aren’t expected to have all the answers or be an expert. Listening and being someone people know they can count on, is a great place to begin. 

Just showing a friend that you care and want to understand them is enough.

Extending The Invitation

Even being in the presence of a friend, lets them know that if they ever want to talk they have the option to when they are with you. Whether you invite them to go for a walk, grab food together, or play games. 

Taking the pressure off and letting a heart to heart come naturally can also be helpful. 

For more resources, you can follow these links:

Learning The Warning Signs

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month Information | NAMI

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Suicide Prevention Crisis Text Line

Navigating a Mental Health Crisis