How to Support National Suicide Prevention Month as a Business Leader
September is National Suicide Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness of suicide and its prevention. Business leaders can play a role in this important effort. to learn more about how you can get involved, read our new blog post today!
National Suicide Prevention Month is an annual observance in the United States that takes place in September. It was first declared by the U.S. Congress in 2008, and is now recognized by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and other mental health organisations. The goal of National Suicide Prevention Month is to raise awareness of suicide and its prevention, and to provide resources to those who are struggling.
There are many ways to celebrate National Suicide Prevention Month. Some people choose to participate in events organised by their local mental health organisations, such as walks, runs, or rallies. Others may choose to wear purple, the color of suicide prevention, or to share information about suicide prevention on social media. Still others may simply take the time to talk to their friends and family about suicide and its prevention.
Here are some specific ways to get involved in National Suicide Prevention Month:
Attend a suicide prevention event in your community.
Wear purple to show your support for suicide prevention.
Share information about suicide prevention on social media.
Talk to your friends and family about suicide and its prevention.
Donate to a suicide prevention organization.
Volunteer your time to a suicide prevention organization.
If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, please reach out for help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255. You are not alone.
Here are some additional resources for suicide prevention:
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: https://afsp.org/
The Jed Foundation: https://www.jedfoundation.org/
The Trevor Project: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/
The Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
Suicide is a serious issue, but it is one that can be prevented. By raising awareness and taking action, we can save lives.
Leverage this holiday to grow your business
Business leaders and entrepreneurs can leverage National Suicide Prevention Month to market and grow their businesses in a few ways:
Donate a portion of their proceeds to a suicide prevention organisation. This is a great way to show your support for the cause and to give back to your community. You can also use this as an opportunity to promote your business and raise awareness of your brand.
Host a fundraising event. This could be a walk, run, or other type of event. You can also host a bake sale, raffle, or other type of fundraiser. This is a great way to get your employees and customers involved in the cause.
Create educational content about suicide prevention. This could be a blog post, infographic, or video. You can share this content on your website, social media, or email newsletter. This is a great way to raise awareness of the issue and to provide resources to those who are struggling.
Partner with a suicide prevention organisation. This could involve co-hosting an event, donating products or services, or simply spreading the word about the organisation. This is a great way to show your support for the cause and to reach a wider audience.
It is important to note that when leveraging National Suicide Prevention Month to market and grow your business, it is important to be genuine and authentic. Your efforts should be focused on raising awareness and providing support, not just on promoting your own brand. By taking a thoughtful and compassionate approach, you can make a real difference in the lives of those who are struggling.
Here are some additional tips for business leaders and entrepreneurs who want to leverage National Suicide Prevention Month:
Be mindful of the language you use. Avoid using terms like "commit" or "successful" when talking about suicide. These terms can be triggering for those who have lost loved ones to suicide.
Be respectful of those who are struggling. Don't pressure anyone to talk about their experiences if they're not comfortable doing so.
Offer resources and support. Provide information about suicide prevention hotlines, websites, and other resources.
Make it easy for people to get help. If someone reaches out to you for help, be sure to provide them with the information and resources they need.
By following these tips, you can help to make National Suicide Prevention Month a success and to raise awareness of this important issue.
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