Today is World Suicide Prevention Day September 10, 2020

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September 10, 2020 is World Suicide Prevention Day and the Town of Bedford’s Health and Human Services Department has once again partnered with The National Council for Suicide Prevention in their

Take 5 to Save Lives campaign.

The National Council for Suicide Prevention (NCSP) is a coalition of eight national organizations working to prevent suicide. The mission of the NCSP is to advance suicide prevention through leadership, advocacy and a collective voice. During the last year, these organizations have directly impacted the lives of over 2 million people and generated over 100 million media impressions.  This campaign encourages everyone to take 5 minutes out of their day and complete five action items on September 10:

FIVE ACTION ITEMS

  1. LEARN THE SIGNS: Although it may not always be obvious, individuals experiencing an emotional crisis usually exhibit one or more of the warning signs of suicide. Your ability to identify the signs will better prepare you to take action and could help save a life.
  2. KNOW HOW TO HELP: You CAN help. Know what to say and do if someone you care about is suicidal.

You shouldn’t be afraid to ask your friend if they’re having thoughts of suicide. By knowing exactly what to say and do, you will be ready to act and keep your friends and family safe.

  1. PRACTICE SELF-CARE: Research indicates that our mental wellness is crucial to our overall long-term health, and can even protect us from disease. Learn some tips for keeping mentally fit. Make it a priority!
  2. REACH OUT: If you or someone you know is in emotional distress reach out for help. You are not alone. Learn about different help options and how to take that first step in seeking help and care.
  3. SPREAD THE WORD: Let’s get people talking! By sharing the Take 5 campaign with 5 other people we can raise awareness of problem of suicide and equip people with easy tools to help themselves and others. Together we can all make a difference!

By taking 5 minutes to learn about suicide, you will be making a difference in the world!  Check out take5tosavelives.org to learn more about the campaign and more information about the 5 action steps you can take in just 5 minutes! I

If you or someone you know is in need of emotional support or help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at

1-800-273-TALK (8255).  Trained helpers are available 24/7.

For more resources or information, contact the Youth and Family Service office:  781-275-7727 or visit:  https://www.bedfordma.gov/youth-family


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