September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and at Punk Rock Saves Lives (PRSL) we strive to create a safe community to talk about all things mental health.
If you’re ready to talk about suicide, but wondering where to start, here are a few things you can do to help kickstart that conversation.
Check-In With Loved Ones
Whether you're struggling with your mental health and are reaching out for yourself, or whether you're providing support to a loved one who is having a difficult time, checking in with the people you care about regularly can be key to breaking the feeling of isolation that often is a factor in suicidal ideation.
What you can do this month: Even if you aren't currently struggling and don't have anyone who needs support, it's a great idea to use National Suicide Prevention Month as a catalyst to start a conversation about mental health at home and at work.
Engage With Your Community
Another way to dislodge that feeling of loneliness? Find your people and engage with them! Whether you find an in-person support group or a virtual one, finding a group of peers that understands what you're experiencing can help to remind you that you're really not alone. Volunteering with local mental health nonprofits can also make a difference; you can help with education and outreach in your local community!
What you can do this month: If you haven't already, find a mental health peer support group. Sharing your story with others and providing support to those who share their own creates a camaraderie that can get you through some very difficult times.
Connect With Resources
By the time your mental health deteriorates, it may seem like too much to reach out to people you know. There are many local and national crisis resources available for people experiencing a mental health crisis, so please get help when you need it!
What you can do this month: If you don't have one, it's a good idea to create a crisis plan and have a list of resources accessible for if/when the time comes.
A Final Note
Suicide is a heavy, nuanced issue among the mental health community. PRSL is not a 24-hour helpline, nor are we trained mental health professionals.
If this is an emergency, or if you are worried that you or someone you know may be at risk for suicide, please call your local authorities (911), contact a mental health professional, or call and talk to someone at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.