Among the many myths surrounding the issue of suicide is the one that associates the holidays with increased risk. Although this is not true, as discussed in this Huffington Post article, it is essential to remember the importance of connection. Being connected with others, and experiencing a sense of belonging is a powerful protection.
Another myth is the belief that raising a concern about suicide gives someone the idea. Someone who is thinking of suicide may not talk about it due to the stigma that remains – but they may feel relieved and grateful if start the conversation.
Recognize that the behaviors on this list, might indicate that someone is at risk.
As always, if you are facing a challenging time or are concerned about another, help is available 24/7 at the Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has launched a new resource for people who have lived experience of suicidal thinking or actions.
The site offers self-care tips, a virtual support community, new resources for friends and family, support group finder, and numerous other resources. One especially notable one is information about how to help someone whose risk becomes known to you through social media.