Let’s talk about it.
The topic of suicide is not an easy conversation, but it is an important conversation to have. This week, September 9th – September 15th, is National Suicide Prevention Week; a week where we break down the walls and stigma of mental health issues and raise awareness and visibility of the options there are to seek help.
In some way, directly or indirectly, we have all been affected by suicide. The loss of a loved one, friend, acquaintance, or idol. With a number of people dealing with mental health issues all over the country, we can’t help but ask “Is there something I can do?”
If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide and/or mental instability, there are local resources that you can turn to.
- Crisis Connections: crisis line focused on assisting individuals with emotional and/or physical need across the state of Washington.
- Teen Link: a program from Crisis Connections specifically made for teens to talk and seek help from other teens trained to listen and talk about concerns
- Toll Free Chat (6pm-10pm): 1-866TEENLINK (866-833-6546)
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – WASHINGTON: operating on a national, state, and local level, NAMI provides programs and education on mental illness and awareness for individuals, families, community members, and supportive advocates. NAMI also offers free peer support and outreach programs for those in need.
If you know of any other resources that you would like to share, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to show your support for suicide prevention, please join us on September 22nd for the third annual masquerade gala of UNMASK THE NIGHT: Revealing the Face of Mental Illness, a benefit event hosted by Chad’s Legacy Project to tear down the walls of mental health and suicide issues.