Since this week is Suicide Prevention Week, I figured to wrap up this week’s posting I would find some more information on organizations who are doing big things for those who are feeling depressed or suicidal. One organization I found was The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project was founded in 1988, and aims to help the LGBTQ, as well as the heterosexual community combat the crippling effects of depression. The Trevor Project offers many resources for those who are suicidal. You don’t have to be LGBTQ in order to reach out to them. In fact, they hope to educate the entire community on suicide awareness, because it happens to everyone. Not only can you learn more about suicide prevention from them, but get involved in the movement, in the form of volunteering your time, or making a donation, no matter how small. The Trevor Project wants people to know they are there for them 24/7, and they offer a chat service, a hotline and even text messaging services to talk to those who are in need. They want you to feel like there’s no shame in what you’re going through, because there isn’t!
So, in the grand scheme of things, what is the community working towards, and how we can we learn to help people more effectively? The Trevor Project aims for a few things. People need the education, so they hope to bring programs into schools, not just colleges but high schools and middle schools too. Being a teenager is probably one of the most turbulent times in your life, and suicide is the second biggest killer of people between the age of 15-24. With education, people will learn how to talk to a friend with depression, and those with depression will feel that they can talk because it’s nothing to be ashamed of.
The biggest thing that we face is the stigma. Suicide is at an all time high in this country, more than half the suicides committed in the world have happened right here in the US. The culture is changing, but we have to actively change it everyday. Below is an article I think that offers some better insight to what stigma is doing to the mental health community, and also how we are breaking down those walls.
“It’s Time To Remove the Mental Health Stigma” [Read Here]
Ultimately, wrapping up this week, the rest of the month is also dedicated to suicide prevention, and I hope to keep the conversation going. People need to realize there are a plethora of resources for them. You can call at hotline, you can text a friend, you can tell your mom- someone will understand and someone will be there. Educating youth about suicide prevention is key to it not being a problem in the future, nobody should feel so badly about themselves that they want to die. This is why awareness matters, and this is why we should all actively try to be more understanding.