Love is Louder is a movement to provide support and resources to anyone feeling mistreated, alone or hopeless. Sometimes people struggling with depression or other issues get so down and hopeless that they feel like there’s no way out. Today is World Suicide Prevention Day and an opportunity for all of us to take action to help ourselves or others who may be feeling hopeless or alone. Here’s how you can help:
- Encourage your friends and family to visit this page and learn more. Here’s a sample tweet or post: Today’s World Suicide Prevention Day. #loveislouder when we take action to help ourselves or others. Found out how – http://www.loveislouder.com/wspd
- Learn the warning signs of suicide below. If you notice these signs in yourself or a friend, speak up and let someone know.
- If you are worried about a friend, reach out and help them. Here are some tips for helping a friend who is having a hard time.
- Make a donation to Love is Louder and The Jed Foundation, a leading nonprofit focused on suicide prevention among teenagers and college students. You can make a tax-deductible donation here.
Warning Signs of Suicide:
Seek help by talking to a counselor or calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for support if you see or hear anyone with these warning signs:
Rage, uncontrolled anger, seeking revenge
Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities, seemingly without thinking
Feeling trapped – like there’s no way out
Increased alcohol or drug use
Withdrawing from friends, family and society
Anxiety, agitation, unable to sleep or sleeping all the time
Dramatic mood changes
Call 9-1-1 or seek immediate help from a mental health provider when you hear, or see any of these behaviors:
Someone threatening to hurt or kill him/herself, or talking of wanting to hurt or kill him/herself
Someone looking for ways to kill him/herself by seeking access to firearms, available pills, or other means
Someone talking or writing about death, dying or suicide, when these actions are out of the ordinary for the person