September 10th is National Suicide Prevention Day. In this year’s theme, “Creating Hope through Action,” we aim to create hope for the future. This initiative is made possible by working together as a community to raise awareness about suicide and suicide prevention. In addition, assisting those in need with suicide prevention resources and support. Destigmatizing mental health issues, and fostering an environment of open conversations and empathy is a key step in the right direction.
What are the warning signs of suicide?
- Talking about wanting to die or ending their life
- Talking about feelings of hopelessness
- Feeling like there are no solutions or an end
- Withdrawing from family and friends
- Extreme mood swings
- Risky behaviors that could lead to death (speeding, substance abuse, etc.)
How can you help?
- Suicide Prevention Resource for Action
- CDC: General Resources
- Mental Health and Coping with Stress
- NAMI | Coastal Virginia Community Resources
- EVMA Mental Health Emergency Contacts
- Veteran’s Affairs | Health Services
- Talk About It Norfolk | Community Resources
September Webinars and Events
- Sept 13 (2-3 p.m. ET) SAMHSA’s Beyond the Reasons Why: Suicide Prevention Strategies Saving Young Black Lives
- Sept 13 (3 p.m. ET) Facebook Livestream of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s “Ask Dr. Jill,” featuring AFSP’s Senior Vice President of Research, Dr. Jill Harkavy-Friedman with guest Dr. Madelyn Gould, an expert on suicide contagion and reporting and storytelling practices that safely drive the national conversation
- Sept. 19 (2-2:30 ET) The National Institute of Mental Health’s Facebook Live Event: Youth Suicide Prevention
- Sept. 19, Oct. 5, Nov. 9 and Dec. 12 (2-3 p.m. ET): National Council on Mental Wellbeing’s Social Current: Building a Resilient Workforce Webinar Series
- Sept. 27 (2-3 p.m. ET): National Council on Mental Wellbeing’s Teachable Moment: Helping Students (and Adults) Address Mental Health Challenges
From all of us at YWCA South Hampton Roads: You have so much to give, and your unique perspective is invaluable. You bring joy and happiness to those around you, and it’s important to remember your worth. The world is better with you in it.
If you are in a crisis, please call or text our Emergency Hotline number at (757) 251-0144