Today is the start of the 38th Annual National Suicide Prevention Week (September 9th-15th).
I've written openly on this blog since I published my first post back in 2009. I have personally stared down the face of suicide with the help of others. Today I would like to give direction on what to do if you or someone you know is suicidal.
Five Alive has a five simple strategies to follow if you should ever find yourself in need of direction:
ONE: Take it seriously!
If someone lets on that he or she is contemplating suicide, don't brush it off. Suicide is irreversible.
TWO: Know the warning signs!
Is the suicidal person in your life depressed, acting strangely, acting like he or she doesn't care about anything anymore? Suicide is irreversible.
THREE: Make no deals of secrecy!
If someone approaches you regarding suicide, chances are, he or she is crying out for help. Suicide is irreversible.
FOUR: Know where to turn!
Who do you contact? Help is a simple call to 911 away. There are also hotlines and websites available. Just a call or click away. Suicide is irreversible.
FIVE: Act fast!
Don't stop to think about it. If you're thinking about acting, you probably should. Don't wait. Suicide is irreversible.