Suicide Awareness and Prevention Through Wristbands

Written by Michele Wheat

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for teens and adults in the United States, claiming nearly 50,000 lives per year. Many factors can be at the root of suicidal thoughts, including mental health disorders, substance abuse, and past trauma. But with greater awareness of this problem, many lives could be saved. Whether you're participating in a charity fundraiser, wearing a wristband, or starting an awareness campaign at your workplace or school, you can help to raise awareness of the prevalence of suicide and what people can do to stop it.

One big thing that people can do to help prevent suicide is to understand the warning signs and risk factors that could indicate that someone is contemplating suicide. But recognizing when someone is struggling is only the first step: You also need to know what to do to help them. This starts with simply talking to them and encouraging them to tell you about their situation. You should also be able to guide them toward resources that can help them, like a suicide hotline, support group, or mental health professional. Above all, it's important for everyone to know that help is always available and that they don't have to face these struggles alone.