September 10, 2014

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is today, September 10, 2014 and is organized by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP). This day aims to raise awareness around the globe that suicide can be prevented.

Not just today, but any day of the year, there are people who need help and need to talk to someone. Talking about suicide is the best thing to do to prevent it from happening. There are common myths associated with suicide:

Myth #1: If you ask someone about suicide, it will make it worse. This is false. Actually talking about suicidal feelings, or asking someone directly if they are suicidal, is the best thing to do!

Myth #2: People who are suicidal want to die. No, they just want to end their psychological pain but see no other options. They need treatment to help them cope and manage their pain.

The best thing you can do to help someone who is suicidal is to talk to them and help get them assistance. Most suicidal people decide to live because they can eventually come to see that their crisis is temporary while death is permanent. The reasons for someone being suicidal differ. They could be living with a mental illness or could be suffering from the loss of a job, relationship, or loved one. Whatever the cause, when people feel totally alone and hopeless about their future, they may begin to regard death as preferable to life.

The good news is that most people that are suicidal and get help decide to live. They are able to find ways to cope with the pain they are experiencing. Getting help and talking about it is the very first step.

You are never alone and help is just a phone call away. The Didi Hirsch organization has a Suicide Prevention Line to call if you are in crisis. All calls are confidential. Suicide Prevention Line number – (877) 727-4747. For more information on Didi Hirsch, go to http://www.didihirsch.org/.

At USC, the Engemann Student Health Center’s Student Counseling Center can help in a crisis situation too. Please call (213) 740-7711.