Suicide Is Complex, But Prevention Is Possible.
Have Meaningful Social Connections
Social connections help us live longer, stronger, happier lives. Although some say more is better, the number of connections we have isn’t as important as how connected we feel. Strive to make or maintain quality, meaningful relationships.
Know The Warning Signs
Suicide has more than just one cause. Factors such as substance misuse and untreated mental illness can lead to a higher risk for suicide in individuals.
Identify If The Person Has Mental Needs
Detecting the often hidden symptoms of mental illness early and finding the right treatment options for substance misuse or mental illness can help most people return to living mentally well.
If you’re worried about your, or someone else’s, suicidal thoughts or feelings, it’s important to reach out for help. There are many support options available for dealing with suicidal thoughts or feelings.
Reduce Access To Lethal Means Of Suicide
Means refers to the method a person attempting suicide uses to injure or kill themselves. Studies have shown that restricting or eliminating access to lethal methods can be an effective component of preventing suicide.
Get Involved With YAAL
Everyone has a role to play in preventing suicide. Attend or organize a fundraiser or event, or join a You Are A Lifeguard event.