International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is on November 22nd. Speaking out about suicide loss and suicide attempts is critical to prevention.
Each of us has the right to tell our suicide survival stories and the responsibility to share our stories safely. Telling your survivor story can save lifes. We must remember: when, where and how we talk about suicide matters.
To encourage prevention of suicide when sharing stories, it is important to:
- Review guidelines for public awareness.
- Understand the impact of language when talking about suicide.
- Learn about trauma to avoid the possibility of triggering vulnerability in others when sharing your story.
- Present alternatives to suicide, such as calling a crisis centre, getting counselling, etc.
- Offer examples of positive outcomes of people in suicidal crises whenever possible.
- Provide information on community resources for those who may be thinking of suicide or who know people who are.
- Include a list of clues that might suggest a person is thinking of suicide, and suggestions for what to do when the signs are noted. For example: the warning signs of suicide.
In addition, please refer to the 4 Keys of Sharing Suicide Survival Stories Safely resource shared below.