September is National Suicide Prevention Month— a time to share resources and stories to shed light on this stigmatized topic. Sacramento County Division of Behavioral Health Services
wants to reach out to those affected by suicide, including those who have lost loved ones to suicide. Stigma is the largest obstacle to seeking treatment.
Suicidal thoughts, like other mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, or background. By recognizing the signs
, knowing how to start a conversation and where to get help, you have the power to save a life.
If you are concerned about someone, ask them directly if they are thinking about suicide. Being direct provides an opportunity for them to talk about their distress. It will not suggest the idea if they aren’t already thinking about it. The “Find the Words” section of the Know the Signs website
suggests ways to start the conversation.
Help is Available
“Today, it’s more important than ever before that we reach out and support each other,” said Ryan Quist, Director of the Sacramento County Division of Behavioral Health Services. “Most people thinking about suicide do not want to end their lives. If they can get through the crisis, treatment works.”