Take 5 to Save Lives: CT Takes Part in World Suicide Prevention Day
HARTFORD, Conn. - "Take five to save lives." That's the message being delivered in Connecticut and around the globe today for World Suicide Prevention Day. The National Council for Suicide Prevention has partnered with groups in Connecticut and nationwide for the effort. It is focused on raising awareness and providing people with effective steps to help prevent suicide, with the idea that it only takes five minutes.
Dr. Dan Reidenberg, the managing director of the Council, 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."
He 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 you know, needs it.
Stigma still surrounds depression and other forms of mental illness, he adds, and many people feel that they are intruding on others by offering to help.
"It is much, much better to ask the question, than 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 campaign information is available at www.ncsponline.org.