September is Suicide Prevention Month and it’s important that we are there for each other and take steps to prevent suicide. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s theme for the month is to #KeepGoing, by taking simple actions to safeguard our mental health and save lives. From learning the warning signs for suicide and what to do if you are worried someone is struggling, to bringing education programs to your community, we can all learn new ways to help each other save lives.
One action I’m taking is to urge my public officials to prioritize suicide prevention and mental health. When someone is in acute crisis, it’s hard for them to think clearly and even reaching out for help can be a struggle. For this reason, it is vital that congress pass the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act (H.R.4194/S.2661) to make a three-digit number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline a reality. This legislation will provide the funding and resources needed by crisis centers across the country that support those struggling with their mental health and thoughts of suicide.
Times are tough, we don’t have to always be. Introducing the Tethr app I have helped create. Many men have internalized outdated and harmful beliefs about what it means to be a man. Emotional and physical isolation and the mental health issues that result represent the largest health crisis facing men today. Seventy-seven percent of men suffer from stress, anxiety or depression but 40 percent of men say that it would take thoughts of suicide or self-harm to compel them to seek professional help. This is because men have been socialized to believe that it is not “manly” to have emotions or to struggle. Tethr is a peer-enabled mental health and well-being community and platform that provides a safe, barrier free space where any man can speak openly, receive support and connect with other men. Providing access to a community, resources and connections to well-being right in your hand. Life is 24/7, so should your access to wellbeing. Tethr is available for download in the app store.
In this time of uncertainty, we all need to find new ways to connect and support each other.
Together, we #KeepGoing.