Sunday is World Suicide Prevention Day. It can be hard to raise awareness when you’re an awkward girl and you don’t just want to bring suicide up in your everyday conversations. These conversations are especially hard if you have a personal connection to suicide loss or if you’re worried that you won’t know how suicide has affected others around you.
I personally wanted to step up my participation this year so I came up with some ideas for participating that will work for all kinds of awkward people.
- Donated to a reputable organization. Consider To Write Love On Her Arms, The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention or The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- Wear some swag. I’ll be wearing my TWLOHA “Stay” Shirt.
- Random acts of kindness. Leave friendly notes, info cards, kindness rocks etc that reference the hashtag #WSPD.
- Tell your story if you have one and you feel ready. It can help you and it can help others to know they aren’t alone.
- Amplify the stories of others. If you don’t have your own story or aren’t comfortable sharing it yet, share the stories of others who have decided to share.
- Remind people in your life that you love them and that their existence matters to them.
- Learn the signs that someone might commit suicide and what you can do to help.
- Share facts and stats about mental health and suicide on social media. Here’s a great resource for that.
- Share a selfie. Tell us why you were made for and use the hashtags #WSPD and #StopSuicide.
- Take an assessment. If you struggle but have never pursued a diagnosis, try starting with a basic assessment.
- Become an Advocate. There are lots of places you can advocate, including signing this petition to show a Pittsburgh college reconsider Honor Code language that promotes mental health stigma.