September is National Suicide Prevention Month – We Need Your Help!
Suicide is preventable. If you think someone you know might be considering taking their own life, remember, it’s OK to ask. In fact, it’s the most responsible action you can take. Join with us in supporting suicide prevention awareness today, and every day.
What can you do to help someone you know?
- Listen and express concern in a non-judgmental way.
Do NOT keep it a secret.
- Take action – get them connected with professional help.
Do NOT sidestep the issue or treat it lightly.
- Ask direct questions openly (e.g., “Do you have a plan?” “Will you talk with someone who can help?”).
Do NOT leave the person alone.
- Show that you care.
Do NOT offer simple solutions.
- Take suicide threats seriously.
Do NOT judge.
- Save the suicide hotline numbers in your phone for quick access – National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 and Colorado Crisis Services 1-844-493-8255.
Do NOT try to be a therapist – get professional help.
What can you do to learn more about topics of suicide, mental health and substance use?
Sign up for a FREE QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training
- QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Sign up for a class today.
Become Mental Health First Aid Certified
- Mental Health First Aid is a FREE 8-hour course designed to give you the tools to recognize a range of mental health problems and the skills and confidence to help someone in a mental health or substance use crisis. Jefferson Center offers a free community class every month. Find a class near you today.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, Colorado Crisis Services is available 24/7/365 by calling 1-844-493-8255 or texting TALK to 38255.
If you want to help spread the word on social media, visit our Facebook page and share our post. If you want more information on suicide prevention, please visit our website jcmh.org/suicide-prevention or call us at 303-425-0300.