September is Suicide Awareness Month

Our condolences and prayers are with the family and loved ones affected by the recent incident at Wendell Middle School. We know the community is suffering and everyone needs to heal.

The students who shared many hours a day together are the ones probably suffering in silence the most, and we know all the parents must feel the same way — that is why we are opening our doors to give our community support.

For the next few Saturdays, we will be offering grief counseling to the students and parents of Wendell MS. We will have spots from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM and we will be reassessing the need as the weeks’ pass.

If you’d like to bring your child or come in, please call us at (919) 374-7283 or email us at journeysmhw@gmail.com to let us know so that we can reserve a specific spot for you during those hours.

We are thinking of you all! click HERE for more info

SUICIDE IS ONE OF THE LEADING CAUSES OF DEATH IN AGES 10-24

Ask the Questions! Learn the Warning Signs!

Every year, suicide kills more people than homicide. In the United States, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death. And yet, it’s something we don’t talk about nearly enough. September is Suicide Awareness Month, and this year the theme is “Postvention.” Postvention is all about supporting those who are affected by suicide and working to prevent future suicides from occurring.

WARNING SIGNS OF SUICIDE

One of the most important things we can do during Suicide Awareness Month is to learn the warning signs of suicide. If you see any of these signs in yourself or someone you know, don’t be afraid to reach out for help.

Some warning signs of suicide include:

  • talking about wanting to die or hurt oneself
  • expressing feelings of hopelessness
  • talking about being a burden to others
  • increasing alcohol or drug abuse
  • withdrawing from friends and activities
  • abnormal mood swings
  • giving away prized possessions
  • saying goodbye to people as if they won’t be seen again

If you are experiencing any of these signs, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988, 1-800-273-8255, or chat with them online. Help is available 24/7.

Supporting a Loved One After a Suicide Attempt or Death by Suicide Attempting suicide or dying by suicide can be very traumatic for those left behind. It’s important to give them the support they need to heal. Here are some ways you can help:

  • Listen without judgment
  • Offer hope that things can get better
  • Avoid giving simple answers or statements like “It’s okay”
  • Express your concern and let them know you’re there for them
  • Help them connect with professional help if they need it

If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts, please reach out for help!

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1 (800) 273-8255 OR 988 Available 24/7
  • Chat Now with the National Suicide Prevention LifelineConnect with a Crisis CounselorText “HOME” TO 741741
  • Mental Health Resources Mental Health America 1 (800) 969–6642
  • NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness): 1 (800) 950–6264
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): 1 (800) 662–4357
  • Veterans Crisis Line: Connect With Veteran Peers & Get Support Anytime By Calling Or Chatting Online For Free. 1 (800) 273-8255 & Press 1
  • Text 838255 teen line: text TEEN to 839863 Mon–Fri 3pm–10pm EST /Sat–Sun 3pm–9pm EST
  • LGBTQ Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1 (866) 488-7386 available 24/7; text START to 678678 Monday – Friday 3 PM–10 PM
  • Hearing Impaired? The deaf and hard of hearing can contact Lifeline via TTY at 1 (800) 799‑4889
  • NECESITA A ALGUIEN QUE HABLE ESPAÑOL? Llame al Teléfono Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio: 1 (888) 628‑9454


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