September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. GLHS School Counselors will spread awareness and share information about Take 5 to Save Lives beginning Monday, September 6, through World Suicide Prevention Day on Friday, September 10.
Take 5 to Save Lives is a campaign that aims to focus public attention on suicide prevention efforts and activities. Take 5 encourages everyone to take 5 minutes out of their day and complete five action items during the month of September:
LEARN THE SIGNS. Although it may not always be obvious, individuals experiencing an emotional crisis usually exhibit one or more of the warning signs of suicide. Your ability to identify the signs will better prepare you to take action and could help save a life.
KNOW HOW TO HELP. You shouldn't be afraid to ask your friend if they're having thoughts of suicide. By knowing exactly what to say and do, you'll be ready to act and keep your friends and family safe.
PRACTICE SELF-CARE. Research indicates that our mental fitness or wellness is crucial to our overall long-term health, and can even protect us from disease. Learn some tips for keeping mentally fit. Make it a priority!
REACH OUT. If you or someone you know is in emotional distress, you must reach out for help. You are not alone. Learn about different help options and how to take that first step in seeking help and care.
SPREAD THE WORD. Let's get people talking! By sharing the Take 5 campaign with 5 other people, we can raise awareness of the problem of suicide and equip people with easy tools to help themselves and others. Share the campaign on or before World Suicide Prevention Day- September 10, 2021. Together we can all make a difference!
Look for more information on the GLHS Counselors Twitter account, school announcements and the Ask A Counselor event.
REACH OUT FOR HELP
Suicide Hotline: 800-273-8255
Suicide Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
GJPS Safe Schools Helpline: 1-800-4-1 VOICE ext.359 OR text 66746, message “tips”