Suicide Prevention Week (September 4-10, 2022) is a time when individuals and organizations around the country and the world join their voices to broadcast the message that everyone can play a role in suicide prevention and to remember loved ones lost to suicide.
For those involved in the justice system, suicide rates are approximately 14 times higher than in the general population, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System. Given that the Council on Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health (CCJBH) is committed to elevating the voices of those with behavioral health needs (BH) who are justice-involved (JI) and bringing awareness of issues affecting the BH/JI population, CCJBH is hosting a webinar on September 6, 2022, which will highlight WellSpace Health’s implementation of the new 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.
Many of us have been touched by the tragedy of suicide. We may have lost someone close to us or been moved by the loss of someone we may have never met. When suicide happens, those left behind often experience deep shock. Even if they knew the person was struggling, they may not have expected suicide would be the result. However, many people who find themselves in a suicide crisis can and do recover. Suicide can be prevented, and everyone can play a role by learning the warning signs of suicide and finding the words to reach out to someone you are concerned about.
Know the Signs: Pain isn’t always obvious. Yet, most people who are considering suicide show some warning signs or signals of their intentions. The signs or changes in behavior may appear in conversations, through their actions, or in social media posts. These are of most concern if the behavior is new, has increased, or seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. Learn more about the warning signs at www.SuicideisPreventable.org
Find the Words and Create a Safe Space: Feeling connected to friends, family, and community can be a protective factor for suicide. As we reenter and rebuild the fabrics of our daily life that were so fundamentally disrupted, reconnecting with supportive relationships, and practicing positive coping skills is essential for our emotional well-being. Use this time to reach out to someone in your life and let them know that you are comfortable talking about anything they need, including suicide, and should they ever come to a point where they are questioning their reasons for living, you will be there to listen and support them. Creating this safe space when there is no crisis is one way we can play a role in suicide prevention.
- WellSapce Health Suicide Prevention Resources
- 988 Lifeline (988 California)
- SAMHSA 988 Partner Toolkit
- Live Through This
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center: Engaging People with Lived Experience: A toolkit for Organization
- National Council for Suicide Prevention Take 5 to Save Lives
- National Alliance on Mental Illness: Suicide Prevention Awareness Month Resources
- American Association of Suicidology
- California Department of Public Health