Lifestyles Center Blog

MASTERING MONDAY: SUICIDE PREVENTION

Monday is about new beginnings! When looking around, you might not realize the difference from one Monday to the next, but for some, a rough weekend may be leading to a tumultuous week ahead. If necessary, knowing how to help someone towards a hopeful new day is an important and attainable step towards life changing moments.

Watch This:

In the video below, you will be able to see visual testimonies of individuals who have survived a suicidal attempt caused by a multitude of factors. Along with informative facts about suicide, the video provides vital statistics that all of us should be aware of.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSI-QU4U62E

Read This:

For anyone suspecting that someone they know of is contemplating suicide, the attached article is one that is both comprehensive and informative. With tips on confronting the issue and helping those in need, this article provides, at the very least, a structure to coincide with addressing suicidal thoughts.

http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/suicide

Do This:

“A suicidal person may not ask for help, but that doesn’t mean that help isn’t wanted.”

 

  • Understanding facts about suicide. In order for us to help others, we must be aware of factors that contribute to suicidal tendencies. Learn about prevention, tips to handle dangerous situations, and more from campus resources like the blog and Toilet Talk. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, either!

 

  1. Be supportive and ask for support. If someone you know is contemplating suicide, one of the best way to help is by offering an empathetic, listening ear. Let the person know that he/she is not alone and that you care. Never leave them alone.
  2. As you’re helping someone through the process, don’t forget to take care of yourself. Use SUNY Oswego campus resources like RA/RMs, AHD/RHDs, and the Counseling Center at Mary Walker, to talk about how to get support for your friend.
  3. Speak up if you are worried. If it feels as though a conversation with a friend is involving suicidal thoughts, acknowledge that they may need help and ask if they need support. Do not be afraid of asking “Are you planning to kill yourself?” This might seem like a really tough question but it can help clarify where they are and it can even save a life.
  4. Follow up. Keep checking up on the survivor. This will help that person realize that there is people who care for them.

Lastly, a simple “Hi” and/or a smile can make somebody’s day. You never know the impact you have on others and if you had the right to choose wouldn’t you choose a positive impact?

Written by Stacy Palacios, Peer Educator