While September is nationally recognized as suicide awareness month, it is truly a subject that should be discussed year-round. Society has to work together to change the discussion from suicide to suicide prevention. What can YOU do to be an advocate for mental health in your community?
For many, suicide is an uncomfortable conversation. Mortality data from the National Institute of Mental Health has shown that suicide continues to be one of the leading causes of death in the United States. One of the actions that we can all take to decrease the suicide data is to discuss suicide awareness. It’s time to have uncomfortable conversations. If you suspect that someone you love is struggling with their mental health, then give them the opportunity to discuss their problems with you.
Mental Health Conversations
Don’t be afraid to spark a conversation in an effort to ask about someone’s mental health! Research shows people who are having thoughts of suicide feel relief when someone asks about them in a caring way. Being an active listener is extremely important in order to have a mental health conversation. How can you show people that you truly care about the way they’re feeling? Avoid distractions like playing on your phone while someone is opening up to you. Individuals are more likely to feel less depressed, less suicidal, less overwhelmed, and more hopeful after speaking to someone who listens.. without judgment. Talk less and listen more!
Resources for Suicide Prevention
In addition to talking about mental health on a personal level, it is important to know the resources that are available for suicide prevention. Professional intervention can save a life! People experiencing mental health crises should always consult a licensed physician. The suicide prevention hotline is a wonderful resource that is available all the time. You can reach the suicide prevention hotline by dialing 1-800-273-8255. There are also in-person options for people who are looking for a resource to help them with their mental health.
Mental Health Treatment Centers
Mental health treatment centers are NOT crazy hospitals like they are made out to be. These centers can teach you how to identify your negative feelings and find coping mechanisms that work for you. It is important to know that treatment facilities are not going to magically fix all of your mental health issues. Address your mental health on a daily basis!
Mental health recovery is a beautiful thing. By discussing your problems and being open to professional health, you can truly improve your emotional well-being. In order to treat mental health problems, you have to face them. You can't put a bandaid on mental health. Take advantage of the many resources that are available and find what works best for you. There are treatment centers, ketamine clinics, grief-sharing groups, and you can always reach out to our team at Remodel Unconscious Design to discuss our hypnotherapy treatment options. We are ready to help you overcome your problems. Everyone is worthy of a happy life!