Earlier this year my husband and I were devastated to learn that our neighbor – a great guy, who by all outward appearances was successful and happy, and who had a loving family – ended his own life. While risk factors for suicide often lie below the surface of casual observers such as neighbors, there are enough statistics out there to give us a picture of the most vulnerable populations in our society – chiefly those with mental health conditions and substance abuse disorders.
With National Suicide Prevention Week (September 5th – 11th) upon us, we at Foothold Technology would like to take a moment to acknowledge the work done by so many of our client agencies to help stem the tide of suicide in our country by providing front-line services to these very populations. It’s important to note though that we can all make a difference when it comes to suicide prevention. I was not able to help my neighbor, but his death brought this terrible epidemic into greater focus for me and encouraged me to educate myself about what I can do to help. I encourage you to take this opportunity to do the same. Share your thoughts and join the conversations on social media by using the hashtag #NSPW16 and use the links below to find educational materials and helpful resources.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline™ at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).