September is known around the country as suicide awareness month, and soon enough you’ll begin to see walks, campaigns, and even news coverage; of people coming together in an effort to spread the message of hope. At Spectrum, it’s a topic that we hold close.
We want to take every opportunity given to us in order to end the stigma surrounding mental health and suicide.
How can we begin to offer something to someone if we’re not sure they need it? Or how can reach someone in such a tough spot?
The truth is, hope is a gift that never runs out- and can always be used. When it comes to prevention, we’d say it’s our number one tool.
HOPE: a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen; a feeling of trust.
Have you ever wondered how you can practically give an idea or a feeling, like hope? We have a few ideas for you to try! Hopefully, in no time we’ll be working to spread awareness and end the stigma together.
Have Courage, and Be Kind.
Stepping out and speaking to someone new is always a challenge. Have you ever gone by someone in the grocery store and noticed that they are visibly having a rough day? Sometimes the only thing they are looking for is a friend. Reach out and give them a helping hand, or a smile!
Take The First Step.
Often times when people are battling mental illness, they are also battling a lie that says they’re an inconvenience. When it comes to our loved ones, (or any fellow human being, for that matter!) we know that couldn’t be further from the truth. Sometimes it takes you taking the first step and coming to them for the truth to sink in!
Create a Safe Space.
Sometimes all people are looking for is a judgment-free zone. They want to know that they have a place where their voice is valued and that they’ll be heard. It’s okay (and good!) to offer help, but make sure you hear them out completely! It will make your advice that much more valuable.
*If a loved one ever comes to you with suicidal thoughts, make sure to call for help! Our team of professionals is on the other end of the line 24/7, and we’d love to listen.
By simply loving people where they are, we can spread the message of hope far and wide! This weekend, our team at Spectrum is participating in the “Out of the Darkness Community Walk” held by the American Society for Suicide Prevention. All proceeds go towards raising the resources the AFSP needs to carry out their mission. It’s a great opportunity to spread awareness and let the people of our community know that they’re not alone! Interested? Registration is open an hour before the event!
Here at Spectrum, we’re a team of real people, with real help, who really care. If you or a loved one is battling depression or suicidal thoughts, call us today!