September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. If you or someone you know needs help dial 988 for Mental Health Crisis and Suicide Prevention. Also, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255) If the danger for self-harm seems immediate, call 911 right away.
- Talk to others and share your problems with a trained therapist, friend or doctor
- Recognize when you need more help. If problems continue dial 988 for more help.
- Monitor what children see and hear about stressful events in their lives
- Listen to your child’s thoughts and feelings
- Be on alert for any behavior changes
- Reassure your child about their safety and well-being
- Talk to other parents in the community and use them as support
- Taking breaks from the news, social media can help calm down
- Use self-care strategies such as healthy eating, getting proper sleep and exercise
- Get involved in the community to prevent isolation
- Avoid excessive alcohol, tobacco and substance use