Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. Mental illness affects everyone directly or indirectly through family, friends, or co-workers. This is why we need to participate and do our part by acknowledging National suicide and prevention week. Each year, by paying attention, doing our part and educating the community while providing support our movement grows stronger.
From the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: The Power of Connection:
??lthough there is no single cause of suicide, one of the risks for suicide is social isolation, and there?? 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 its with those closest to us, or the coffee barista, parking lot attendant, or the grocery store clerk.??/p>
??t?? also about the connect we each have to the cause, whether you??e a teacher, physician, mother, neighbor, a veteran, or a suicide loss survivor or attempt survivor. We don?? always know who is struggling, but we do know that one conversation could save a life??
I encourage each and every one of you to have a conversation with someone you would not otherwise have a conversation with. Reach out and make a connection ??you may make all the difference in someone?? life.