#SuicidePrevention #StigmaFree

It Takes ALL of Us

Life is busy. We run around to this and that checking off our task lists while trying to get ahead and stay ahead. We jockey for position in the grocery store, in traffic, in our jobs. We get so used to this way of life that we forget to see the people around us as humans, much less actually listen to them, really see them. We often brush by with a polite “How are you?” without even noticing the look on their faces. We don’t see the halting smile that might be camouflaging an inner darkness, a desperation the person has lived with, right in front of you, for months.
 
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness month. Every year, approximately 500,000 people attempt suicide. More than 40,000 of those people die by suicide. They leave behind family members and friends who often don’t get the social support they need after the death due to shame and stigma forcing everyone into silence. We must talk openly about suicide and lessen the stigma for the survivors. We must talk openly about suicidal thinking (also called suicidal ideation) if we are going to save people from acting on their suicidal thoughts.
 
Here’s what you can do for the month of September to generate awareness and lessen stigma: 
  • Commit to learn more about the warning signs and risks of suicide.
  • Help promote awareness by sharing images and graphics on your social media accounts.
  • Use #SuicidePrevention or #StigmaFree to connect with others who are also spreading awareness.
  • Check out the Awareness Resources on www.NAMI.org. Support the Beautiful Minds Coalition in the NAMI Walk on October 6th with a financial donation or come walk with us. Look for our group on www.namiwalks.org.
Here’s what you can do year-round to save a life:
  • Be fully present with people so you are able to notice when they become emotionally desperate. 
  • Commit to beginning the conversation—the desperate person has probably been hiding their true feelings from people for months and is not likely to come out and ask for help. Simply say “You don’t seem like yourself these days. What’s been going on lately?” (Ask open ended questions that require an answer.)
  • If you believe someone is suffering from suicidal desperation, ASK. Don’t be afraid to say the word suicide. The person’s reaction to “Have you been having suicidal thoughts?” will tell you volumes.
  • Most importantly, LISTEN to their story. Don’t speak at them with all the reasons why they shouldn’t feel the way they do. Acknowledge their suffering by listening attentively. Often, this is all a desperate person needs—to be heard.
  • And finally, lead them to safety. Don’t leave the situation until you know they are safe from self-harm. Get another person involved by asking the desperate person who they trust who you can bring into the conversation. If they need more immediate help, you need to be the one to call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273- 8255. Or you can text the NAMI Crisis Text Line at 741-741. They will guide you out of the crisis.
It takes ALL of us. Ask. Listen. Lead. 
 
You can save a life.
 

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