I was told recently that when someone tells you they are having suicidal thoughts; it needs to be treated like a life or death situation. I thought about her words and realized how hauntingly true they were. It is easy to wave someone off as being dramatic or to feel like we are overreacting, but we are talking about someone’s life, a life that is not worth risking.

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and since metal health and wellness is a topic so close to my heart, I couldn’t just skip past this very important topic.

Friend helping young depressed woman at home. Stop a suicide


Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

“Offer your help and listen. Let your loved one know their life is important to you and others. Remind the person that suicidal thoughts are a symptom of a mood disorder and that mood disorders are treatable.” Continue reading How to Help Someone in Crisis

If you are having thoughts of death or suicide, call 1-800-273-TALK or text DBSA to 741-741. If you need immediate assistance, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.