World Suicide Prevention Day 2022



Today is #WorldSuicidePreventionDay.
This week is #NationalSuicidePreventionWeek.
September is #SuicidePreventionAwarenessMonth.





During this time of year, there are many opportunities to get involved in suicide prevention and awareness events!

Take time to educate yourself on Suicide Prevention. The topic is often avoided, yet this avoidance can be costly. Progress cannot be made without having difficult discussions.


Lived Experience

“This study demonstrates that reading user-generated narratives about experiences with and recovery from suicidal thoughts/behaviors may be an effective and scalable way to help people experiencing suicidal thoughts.”

(Franz et al., 2022)



RCT Diagram



As shown by this study (https://lnkd.in/euxQHFUZ), stories of Lived Experience can be powerful and healing.


Also, use this time to elevate the voices of others. There are ways to incorporate Lived Experience into your advocacy efforts! https://lnkd.in/eqqMNpNB


Telling your own story about suicidality or suicide loss is a very personal choice. If you choose to do so, there are some resources that can help guide you. https://lnkd.in/eBHVEVT7


Resources

You should familiarize yourself with national and local crisis resources!

A few are listed below (from ECU’s Urgent Support Services page):



Safety Planning

A “safety plan” is a great resource/tool for those who have suicidal thoughts!

NOTE: Safety plans are NOT the same as “no-suicide contracts”… Such contracts “have no empirical support for their effectiveness in the clinical environment.”

For those interested in suicide safety plans, there are numerous resources online.

I’ll link a few below:

General Worksheet

Guide for Veterans

Guide for Clinicians


Are you involved in suicide prevention advocacy? How? Let me know in the comments section below!

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