Everyone can play a role to help save lives

Poster artwork by Melanie Cervantes for Why We Rise.

This is a difficult time for many of us. We’re dealing with a “new normal” that is constantly shifting — new rules for work, school, how we interact with our friends and family thanks to COVID-19 — plus what seems like a constant stream of awful news, from wildfires to flooding. So, it’s perfectly normal to feel heightened anxiety right now. You may feel isolated, uncertain, and hopeless.

The good news is, there IS hope, and there are people who can help. September is Suicide Prevention Month, and we’re joining others across the world to help raise awareness on the counseling resources available and how you can play a role to help save lives.

If you’re having suicidal thoughts or are struggling to overcome a difficult period in your life, don’t be afraid to call the Suicide Prevention Crisis Line at 800-273-4747, with English, Spanish and Korean-speaking counselors available. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Lifeline) at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or text the Crisis Text Line (text HELLO to 741741). Signs with the suicide prevention crisis line are also located in Metro Rail stations and along the alignment.

These services are free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All calls are confidential.

Everyone is affected by suicide, not just the victim. Suicide impacts family and friends long after the loss of a loved one. Know the warning signs for suicide and how to get help. Everyone can play a role to help save lives.

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