Support Suicide Prevention Awareness

 
Support Suicide Prevention Awareness!
Pain Isn’t always Obvious.

Share this page to encourage others to Read Up on the warning signs for suicide and Reach Out to someone they care about.

Even surrounded by friends and family, someone experiencing emotional pain can feel isolated. You may sense something is wrong, but not realize how serious it is. Trust your instincts.

  • Know the Signs
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  • Find the Words
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  • Reach Out

In September, people in San Diego and across the globe will come together to spread awareness about the warning signs and offer support to those who have lost someone to suicide.

The warning signs for suicide— withdrawal, depression and hopelessness— are there, but not always obvious. It’s up to us to learn to recognize the warning signs and offer support to someone we care about.

“Are you thinking of ending your life?” Few phrases are as difficult to say to a loved one. But when it comes to suicide prevention, none are more important. Click here for suggestions on how to find the words to start the conversation.

For more information and local resources click here

If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide:

– Do not leave the person alone
– Remove any firearms, drugs, alcohol, or sharp objects that could be used in an attempt

For urgent care and other concerns, contact the Access & Crisis Line at (888) 724-7240

Concerned for yourself or someone else? You are not alone. Professionals at the Access and Crisis Line are available to you as well as to the person experiencing the emotional crisis. They can quickly assess the level of risk in a situation and connect you to appropriate services. You can find reassurance in the knowledge that most suicidal crisis last for a brief period of time. Stay with the person and remove items that could be used in an attempt.

 
Get Up and Participate:

You can take your own steps towards supporting fellow San Diegans. Walk in memory of a loved one, show your support, and participate in a free workshop to learn the warning signs of suicide.

Trainings 

Walks

  • Walk in Remembrance With Hope: Sunday, September 13th at Balboa Park (6th Ave. & Laurel St.).
  • Out of Darkness Walk: Saturday, October 24th at Liberty Station NTC Park (Preble Field) (2600 Cushing Rd – San Diego, CA 92106). American Foundation for Suicide Prevention- San Diego Chapter. For more information, please contact mcohn@afsp.org, 855-869-2377.

Events 

  • Check Your Mood Day is an annual event held in conjunction with National Depression Screening Day on Thursday, October 8th. Organizations across the county will be providing free Check Your Mood screenings and resources to help raise awareness for mental health.
  • San Diego County National Alliance on Mental Illness Walk/Run, Saturday, April 25, 2020 at NTC Park in Liberty Station. For more information, contact NAMI San Diego, walk@namisd.org, 858-634-6580.
  • Recovery Happens San Diego, Saturday, September 12, 2020 at Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego. Hosted by the County of San Diego.

For more information or to read up on the warning signs of suicide, visit SuicideIsPreventable.org.