MASTERING MONDAY: SUICIDE PREVENTION
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a crisis center that is confidential and free for anyone who is having a difficult time. If you are dealing with problems that involve suicidal thoughts or other issues such as depression, substance abuse, family/relationship problems, etc. You should make the call! Even if a peer, friend, or classmate is dealing with suicidal thoughts, make the call and get the step-by-step consultation to help yourself and others. The lifeline is available 24/7 and can be reached at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
If you are having trouble figuring out when to help others or how to help others, this article is the perfect guide. Suicide is a very sensitive and uncomfortable issue to discuss with others. It is even difficult to bring up or confront someone who may be having suicidal thoughts. This article goes into detail about warning signs/risk factors, such as what individuals might say. It even gives specific examples of how to approach someone if you think they’re suicidal, what questions you should ask, how you can offer support, and even how you can comfort them or make them feel better.
Next, the video below touched me the very first time I watched it around a year ago. When I heard I was writing about suicide prevention for the Lifestyles Center blog, I immediately thought of Madison Holleran. Her story is easy to relate to, especially as a college student. College is always about finding your balance each semester. You try your best to make everything perfect. For example(s):
You “need” outstanding grades to show your parents, you “need” a social life and quality friends to hangout with everyday, and you “need” to participate in as much as you can to live life to the fullest.
“College was the best four years of my life.” That’s all you seem to hear from your parents, your aunts, your uncles… Basically any grown-up that happened to attend college. So what do you do? You set your expectations too high. Eventually, that pressure can build up and you need a healthy way to release it. That’s where the Lifestyles Center comes in. We encourage and help students live a healthy and happy lifestyle. No matter how hard your life may seem, it ALWAYS gets better!
Just remember, suicide leaves a detrimental impact on your friends, family, and the community around you. Suicide is a very selfish act. So many people are left heartbroken. Before you or someone you know begins to consider suicide, ALWAYS think about how this will impact others. This permanently damages individuals, families, and communities forever. The story of Madison Holleran left such a powerful message that the Madison Holleran Foundation was created for suicide prevention. There is always a way to reach out and support suicide prevention!
Watch This: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYpC5m7y5N0
Do this if YOU are having suicidal thoughts:
- Tell someone. Do not keep it to yourself under any circumstances.
- Call for help: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
If you feel uncomfortable to tell someone or call a lifeline, promise to try these next steps.
- Do not do anything right now. See if these feelings will pass and reach out to someone.
- Stay in a safe room. Remove anything that is dangerous. (Pills, guns, knives, etc.)
- Avoid being alone. Hangout with someone: A peer, friend, family member, teacher, co-worker, etc. Even if you are just picking up the phone to chat
- Be hopeful. It ALWAYS gets better!
Written and Researched by Megan Tuohey, Peer Educator
Photo Cred:Lifeline Photo