September is Suicide Prevention Month
Suicide Prevention Awareness in schools is essential. It helps staff identify risk factors and warning signs while promoting protective behaviors. The California Department of Public Health reported a decline in suicide deaths through 2020, with an exception for the youth aged 10-18, witnessing a 20% increase. Comprehensive prevention strategies are vital to combat these trends.
Most youth expreiencing mental health issues don’t seek treatment. The leading barrier is the stigma associated with mental health. MIsconceptions around mental health discourage individuals from seeking help, leading to a series of challenges, from feelings of guilt and shame to mistrust in professionals. Breaking this stigma is paramount, especially within schools. Encouraging professional help signifies courage and hope.
Suicide is preventable. Help someone who may not have the mindfulness to help themselves. Don't leave the person alone and seek immediate help. Warning signs of suicidal intent can include but are not limited to someone talking about or threatening to hurt themselves, feelings of hopelessness, or feelings of helplessness. Click on any of the links in this section to learn what to say, how to help, and where to get support. Being informed about the signs, risks, and supports are valuable tools for suicide prevention.
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
Dial 988 or 1-800-273-8255 for the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.
988 will route callers the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. When people call, text, or chat 988, they will be connected to trained counselors that are part of the existing Lifeline network. These trained counselors will listen, understand how their problems are affecting them, provide support, and connect them to resources if necessary.
If you need assistance locating long-term mental health resources, talking through a problem, or exploring mental health treatment options, call 211 to speak to a live person who can help. 211 conversations are confidential, can be made anonymously, and are available in 180 languages upon request.
If you prefer to text, use web chat, or search for resources online, click her to find more ways to contact your local 211.
Contra Costa Crisis Center
If you or someone you know is in crisis or having thoughts of suicide, call 2-1-1 or 1-800-833-2900, or text 'HOPE' to 20121 to reach a live person who is here for you 24/7.
5 Action Steps for Helping Someone in Emotional Pain
How can you make a difference in suicide prevention? Learn about what to do if you think someone might be at risk for self-harm by reading these 5 Action Steps for Helping Someone in Emotional Pain
Tips for Talking with a Mental Health Care Provider about Your Mental Health
Don't wait for a health care provider to ask about your mental health. Start the conversation. Here are five tips to help prepare and guide you on talking to a health care provider about your mental health and getting the most out of your visit.
Mental Health Crisis Hotlines
You can always call 211 to speak to someone and find local assistance, but there are also dedicated helplines available to anyone in the U.S.