It’s National Suicide Prevention Week, and our theme is The Power of Connection. Although there is no single cause of suicide, one of the risks for suicide is social isolation, and there’s scientific evidence for reducing suicide risk by making sure we connect with one another. We can all play a role through the power of connection by having real conversations about mental health with people in everyday moments – whether it’s with those closest to us, or the coffee barista, parking lot attendant, or the grocery store clerk.
It’s also about the connection we each have to the cause, whether you’re a teacher, a physician, a mother, a neighbor, a veteran, or a suicide loss survivor or attempt survivor. We don’t always know who is struggling, but we do know that one conversation could save a life.
We’ve also just launched a Sharing Your Story webpage. Here you’ll find guidance on safely sharing your own personal stories of connection. On this page, you will also learn more about how to share your stories through our partnership with our friends at The Mighty! You can connect to our community by sharing your stories and reading others using the new hashtag #Stories2Connect.
Thank you for joining us in our mission to save lives and bring hope to those connected to the cause.