Wellness Wednesday: National Suicide Prevention Week
Over the past couple of years, people have become more comfortable talking about their mental health. Suicide, however, remains a difficult and painful topic for some to talk about and ask for help. For this week’s Wellness Wednesday, Lauren English, a licensed professional counselor and business development representative with Pinnacle Pointe Hospital, shares some questions that can start necessary conversations, potentially saving someone’s life. Paying attention to the people around you and checking in with them about how they’re feeling could make all the difference in preventing someone from suicide.
Try these conversation starters below:
How are you really?
I care about you a lot, and I wanted to check in with you and see how you’re doing.
It seems like you have a lot going on. How is your mental health these days?
English notes that having these conversations never becomes easier, so it’s OK to feel uncomfortable. If after asking these questions and helping the person open up about their mental health you sense that the person may be considering suicide, be more direct. Studies have shown that being more direct with questions about suicide does not put the thought into the person’s head. English shares that asking a person directly about suicide can make them feel relieved that someone would talk about it with them.
Try these direct questions below:
Do you ever have thoughts of ending your life?
Do things ever get so overwhelming that you think about killing yourself?
Have you ever thought of a plan on how you would kill yourself?
English emphasizes how important it is to have these conversations with the people in your life on both ends. Whether someone you know is feeling suicidal or if you yourself have had suicidal thoughts, it’s always a good idea to talk to someone.
Learn more about National Suicide Prevention Week and how to help those around you here.