Take 5 to Save Lives: NH Takes Part in Worldwide Suicide Prevention Day
CONCORD, N.H. - Take Five to Save Lives - that's the message being delivered in New Hampshire and around the globe this week as World Suicide Prevention Day approaches this Friday, September 10. The National Council for Suicide Prevention has partnered with groups in New Hampshire and around the nation for the effort, which is focused on raising awareness and providing people with five simple steps to help prevent suicide.
Dr. Dan Reidenberg of the Council for Suicide Prevention says 'Step Number One' is to learn the signs.
"Somebody talking about suicide, writing about suicide, looking for information on the Internet about it, people expressing the feeling of hopelessness, like there's no future for them; somebody who has changes in their substance abuse pattern, on top of mental illness."
Dr. Reidenberg says the issue of suicide stretches across ethnic, education and socio-economic lines and it is important to reach out to others, and to seek help if you or someone that you know, needs it.
He adds that there is still stigma surrounding depression and other forms of mental illness, and many people feel that they are intruding on others by offering to help.
"It is much, much better to ask the question than to go to a funeral, and it really is quite that basic. We need to help them, because if they weren't struggling with these illnesses, they wouldn't be thinking like that. And you can actually be, anybody can be, a life support for somebody."
He says the best number if you, or someone you know, needs help is: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). More information about the five steps can be found at: www.take5tosavelives.org.