A Message from Pam Mezzina, Capstone Center Director and Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition Region 2 Director
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and September 10th marks World Suicide Prevention Day. Two celebrity deaths by suicide this past summer and reports that suicide rates increasing in Florida and nationwide (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2018) should be a call to action for all of us.
Please take a moment today to visit the Take 5 to Save Lives campaign. Learn how to help when you see a friend, coworker, client, neighbor, or relative in distress. Asking someone about suicide does not plant the idea in his/her mind. Asking someone directly if he or she is thinking about suicide in a caring manner can help a person realize it’s okay to struggle, talk about it, and seek help.
Take5toSaveLives is an internationally recognized campaign that provides easy action-oriented steps surrounding suicide prevention on today, World Suicide Prevention Day. The campaign asks supporters to take 5 simple action steps:
Through these five action steps we can increase public understanding of three very important messages:
Help is available. If you or someone you know is struggling emotionally, in crisis, or having thoughts of suicide, reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 (TALK) or the Crisis Text Line at 741741. We can all work together to prevent suicide.