Death by suicide is often talked about in hushed tones, if at all. It happens every 11 minutes* in the United States, yet talking about suicide is uncomfortable and the topic stigmatized. Knowing what to say to someone in crisis can be confusing and wrought with fear of making things worse or violating their privacy.
Talking about suicide is critical – to divert a person in crisis, to raise awareness, to normalize the conversation. Here are some Blue KC and partner organization suicide prevention and awareness resources that you might find helpful:
- Blue KC Suicide Prevention & Awareness webpage
- Sideline the Stigma
- Shut Out the Stigma
- Zero Reasons Why
Please remember, that we can all help prevent suicide. The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States. The 988 Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the United States.