“What if taking action meant saving a life?”
That is the question the National Council for Suicide Prevention asked on the occasion of the 16th annual World Suicide Prevention Day, observed this past Monday, September 10. Taking five minutes to get involved and become informed can make a big difference and can save lives. Five steps lead to action, says the Council:
1. LEARN THE SIGNS — Take a few minutes to learn the warning signs of suicide.
2. DO YOUR PART — Everyone has a role in preventing suicide.
3. PRACTICE SELF CARE — Make mental wellness a priority in your life.
4. REACH OUT — Help is available and recovery is possible.
5. SPREAD THE WORD
We recently explored the warning signs of suicide on The PediaBlog and we’ve looked at some local resources that are available if help is needed. The National Council for Suicide Prevention offers these 10 tips for self care to ensure physical and mental fitness:
1. Practice good emotional hygiene
— Address emotional pain
— Maintain your self-esteem
— Avoid repetitive negative thoughts
2. Make time for friends and family
3. Make time for yourself
4. Nourish your body with healthy food
5. Get enough sleep
6. Move your body
7. Help others
8. Manage your stress
9. Manage other medical or physical problems
10. Ask for help
Read more about the Take 5 to Save Lives campaign here.
If you or someone you know is in need of emotional support or help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Trained helpers are available 24/7.