September is Suicide Prevention Month!
September is an important time in our suicide prevention community. It is a time when we all give a push to grow the voice of suicide prevention, broaden the scope of suicide prevention activities throughout the state, raising the awareness of the crisis of suicide and the challenges of those families left behind.
The Power of YOU
You can make a difference!
Everyone has a role - small and large, all efforts impact the crisis of suicide!
SO WHAT CAN YOU DO?
What WILL you DO?
September 10 - World Suicide Prevention Day
you can take to make a difference!!
- Download the Suicide Prevention Week Information & Media Kit from the American Association of Suicidology (AAS). The kit includes fact sheets, warning signs, public service announcements, publicity ideas, a press release script, a proclamation script, and references. Visit the AAS website (www.suicidology.org) . AAS Prevention Week Kit
- Spread the word about the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and Georgia Crisis and Access Line 1-800-715-4225 (www.mygcal.com). Learn more about them, link to their website, and post their logo in your web-based materials. Connect with their social media efforts.
- Ask your local public officials to write a proclamation designating the week as Suicide Prevention Week in your county or city. See an example or refer to the AAS Suicide Prevention Week Kit (above).
- Publicize World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10, on your website or blog using the banners available at the International Association of Suicide Prevention (IASP) website (www.IASP.org). Brochures about World Suicide Prevention Day are also available in several languages.
- Organize an event to increase awareness among community, legislators and others, or to honor key community leaders for their commitment to suicide prevention.
- Create an educational event in your community, go to www.gspin.org to learn what types of programs are available.
- Gain community input by holding a public forum on suicide and mental health issues. Invite advocates, mental health professionals, media, school personnel, health care providers, members of your local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness(www.namiga.org), etc.
- Inform the media that they play a powerful role in educating the public about suicide prevention. Urge all print, radio and TV media to read Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide.
- Learn more about survivor support and how you can create resources to help survivors in your community. (www.span-ga.org)
- Sign up for Suicide Prevention Day at the Capitol - February 18, 2016 (www.span-ga.org) and learn how you can start making relationships with legislators in your community.
- Organize a depression screening day in schools or workplaces. Visit the National Depression Screening Day website to register for online or telephone screening and for news releases and fact sheets on depression. National Depression Screening Day is October 6, 2011.
- Distribute copies of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP) or the summary version. Learn more about the Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, whose mission is to advance the NSSP.
- Help your community learn the warning signs for suicide. Distribute wallet cards, available through the SAMHSA clearinghouse.
- Visit the SPRC website (www.sprc.org) for more resources, including state suicide prevention pages, the Customized Information Series, and the SPRC online library. Keep up with the latest on suicide prevention by connecting to SPRC via social media and subscribing to the Weekly Spark.
Just educate yourself about depression and mental illness!
Start the conversation around your kitchen table, this is where the POWER of 1 starts.