The fact that every 40 seconds someone in the world dies by suicide may surprise you. Perhaps due to the stigma surrounding it, the public demonstrates much hesitancy in speaking about suicide. International Survivors of Suicide Day has been observed nationwide since 1999. It is a day for those affected by suicide to come together in support of one another. International Survivors of Suicide Day promotes an increased awareness of suicide prevention through sharing of stories, information, and resources. HPA/LiveWell in Albany, New York supports International Survivors of Suicide Day by encouraging those struggling with suicidal thoughts to seek mental health treatment.
How to Get Involved
If you have been affected by suicide, or simply feel passionate about suicide prevention, there are plenty of ways you can get involved in International Survivors of Suicide Day.
- Volunteer – there are suicide hotlines and various suicide prevention organizations that need volunteers.
- Donate money to causes supporting suicide prevention.
- Join a walk.
- Distribute resources to your school/work.
- Become an advocate for suicide prevention.
- Talk to others about suicide and ask questions about suicide.
Warning Signs of Someone Thinking About Suicide
If you think someone you know may be suicidal, there are some general warning signs to look out for, including:
- Talking about wanting to die (i.e. – “I wish I was not here” or “I wish I could go to sleep and not wake up”).
- Increased signs of depression.
- Comments around feelings of hopelessness or lack of purpose.
- Social isolation.
- Increased use of drugs and/or alcohol.
- Reckless behavior.
- Saying “goodbye” to friends and loved ones.
How to Cope with Someone Who is Suicidal
If you have a friend or family member who is making suicidal comments, it is vital you take him or her seriously. Yet, this does not mean you should attempt to handle the situation alone; contact a mental health professional or emergency services right away. That being said, there are some things you can do to help support your loved one.
- Do not judge
- Encourage open discussion of suicidal thoughts
- Urge the person to seek mental health services – this could include support groups for suicidal thoughts
If You Have Been Affected by Suicide
If you are a survivor of suicide, it is important to know you are not alone. Coping with the loss of a loved one from suicide can be extremely difficult, bringing up intense sadness and other traumatic grief symptoms. It is vital to seek support and fortunately, there are many resources available to survivors of suicide. This may come in the form of psychotherapy, support groups, or reaching out to friends and family. Regardless of the method of support you seek, it is crucial you do not remain silent about your own struggle.
If you are having suicidal thoughts or are coping with the loss of a loved one from suicide, contact HPA/LiveWell in Albany, New York at 518-218-1118, to find out more about support and treatment services.