Give’m Health: Recognizing the Warning Signs Of Suicide

TriCounty Health Department is spreading an important message to the community as part of National Suicide Prevention Month this September. The Live On campaign is a statewide effort to prevent suicide by promoting education, providing resources, and changing our culture around suicide and mental health. TriCounty Health Department is partnered with Northeastern Counseling Center and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to promote the Crisis Lifeline. “If you think someone is considering suicide, ask them. Asking direct questions is one of the best ways to help others open up and start an important dialogue. Some ideas are, ‘I heard things are rough. Are you doing alright?’ or ‘I’m worried about you. Have you had thoughts of hurting yourself?’ Asking a person if they are considering suicide does not plant the idea in their mind. Be there for the person. Remind them you are there for them and actively listen. Find out the severity of the danger they’re in and use available resources to persuade the person to seek further professional assistance.” The National Crisis Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK. The SafeUT app is also a great resource as well as www.LiveOnUtah.org.


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