May is Mental Health Awareness Month
So we’d like to take this opportunity to bring awareness to mental health.
Mental health is especially close to our hearts at this time, as we have recently lost some dear friends by suicide.
With so many messages about suicide coming at you through the media and entertainment – whether it’s 13 Reasons Why, the S-Town podcast, or disturbing stories in the news – it’s important to know that you could stop a suicide by being aware and taking action… aware of the risk factors and warning signs that can lead to suicide… aware of how to have a caring conversation with someone you’re worried about… aware that help is always available… aware of the fact that prevention starts with simply approaching mental health like the real and important aspect of health that it is.
Think about the people you come into contact with throughout the course of your day. Your family, neighbors, classmates, coworkers, and friends. Do your part in creating a caring culture by being present, taking a moment, listening, and knowing what to look for, not just in others, but yourself. Practice mental health safety by looking both ways – outward and inward – at others and in yourself. For May Mental Health Awareness Month, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is giving you the tools and resources you need to look both ways – knowledgeably and compassionately – to stay aware and take action if you or the people in your community need help.
Awareness can save a life. Look both ways to stop suicide.
Save Lives and Bring Hope to Those Affected by Suicide
Established in 1987, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.
AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide, by raising awareness, funding scientific research and providing resources and aid. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health by engaging in the following core strategies:
- Funding scientific research
- Educating the public about mental health and suicide prevention
- Advocating for public policies in mental health and suicide prevention
- Supporting survivors of suicide loss and those affected by suicide in our mission
Since its founding in 1987, AFSP has:
- Mobilized and connected tens of thousands of people who have lost a family member, loved one, or friend to suicide
- Reached thousands of individuals who are at risk for suicide, as well as those who love and care for them
- Attracted the participation of members of the scientific and clinical communities, who conduct groundbreaking research on suicide and its prevention with support from AFSP
- Established local chapters in all 50 states
- Educated hundreds of local communities about suicide and how to prevent it
- Created a public policy and lobbying arm by merging successfully with an existing national policy organization, thus enabling AFSP to press for legislation and policies at the federal, state and local levels that advance the goal of preventing suicide
- Substantially increased our funding from individual donors, including the thousands of highly motivated individuals who participate in our Out of the Darkness Walks
- Educated reporters and the media about how to best cover suicide
- Communicated with hundreds of thousands of individuals through our website, social media, brochures, speakers and efforts to generate press coverage
Check out AFSP’s website here!
We are donating $100 this week to AFSP! Each dollar given to AFSP brings us closer to a world without suicide.
There are many ways to give to this vital organization. We hope you will consider helping.