If you are struggling right now, you aren't alone. TW: suicide
There is a recurring myth that suicides peak around the holidays - this is untrue and dangerous. Although we don't yet know exactly why, the highest rates of suicides in the Northern hemisphere occur between the months of April and August.
This month, we will be posting information about suicide, prevention, and postvention. This page was created to help those who are struggling most and need to find others who can understand and want to empathize.
Especially now, when the darkness might feel inescapable, we need you to reach out and ask for help. This darkness will lift, as it has in the past.
Tip for supporting yourself and others: Caring contacts can help people feel connected & reduce likelihood of suicide-related behavior. Ask a friend to check in on you - loved ones WANT to support you. And if you are at a place to support others, send someone a caring contact telling them they are valued – a text, a phone-call, a postcard, an e-card!
We understand this topic is sensitive. Speaking out can be uncomfortable and scary. But talking about suicide openly is at the core of our mission, and we won't be stopping.
IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING SUICIDAL THOUGHTS OR CONTEMPLATING HARM TO YOURSELF, PLEASE CALL OR MESSAGE 1-800-273-8255. We need you here.