Every year, people lose their friends and loved ones to suicide.
This week in light of World Suicide Prevention Day, we bring awareness to the topic of suicide and how we can help those showing signs of suicidal behaviour. With knowledge and understanding we can overcome the obstacles and taboo that surround this issue.
If you know someone who may be suffering from suicidal thoughts, the best you can do is be there for them and support them in getting the help they need. Even the smallest action can positively impact and save a person’s life. Here are some tips and resources you can share with others to spread awareness on preventing suicide.
Reach Out and Show Empathy
More than anything, individuals just want someone to be by their side at their lowest point. Often times people suffering from depression and suicidal thoughts may not ask for help directly, due to the worry that they’re a burden to their friends and family. No matter big or small, an act of kindness is enough to make a difference. You don’t need to have a solution or answers to their problems, just be by their side and listen to their thoughts or experiences. Talking and communicating can build a sense of connection and bring hope to those who are struggling. We can all play a role in supporting those suffering from dark thoughts.
Break the Stigma, Promote Hope
Stigmas and taboos around mental health issues and suicide lead to people taking their own lives as there is still some fear of societal judgement around the issue. Open communication and education can motivate people to treat depression and suicide as a major mental health issue. Promoting public conversation around this issue can bring hope and contribute to progress in improving mental health support for suicide prevention programs.
Talk to Someone Who Understands
Nothing is more important than actively looking to improve your mental health. Furthermore it’s important for those who are suffering from suicidal thoughts to have access to assistance and therapy.
PsyMood prides itself on providing online and affordable diverse mental health support for newcomers to Canada by matching our users to mental health specialists that understand their culture and speak their native language. You can start your free no obligation introductory session today.
Share Stories and Experiences
Sometimes, hearing stories and experiences from those who survived a suicide attempt can also play a part in saving a life and igniting hope. Hearing success stories from people who were also at their lowest points and have overcome the feeling of, “There is no other way out” can create positive influence. Sharing stories and experiences can help prevent suicide attempts, and create more survivors.
If you feel the need to talk to someone about your mental health or feel like your suicidal thoughts are affecting you heavily, PsyMood is here for you. Our mental health specialists can speak your language and understand your culture.