At SOS, we believe that suicide prevention is everybody's business. As such, there are many ways in which you can contribute.
For many people, suicide is a taboo subject. Talking about suicide will not make someone take his own life. On the contrary, raising awareness of the complexity of suicide can help save lives. Here are some examples of how you can raise awareness and fight social stigma attached to suicide:
It is not common for people to seek help for fear of humiliation and shame. You can play a part in spreading the word that it is absolutely alright to ask for help. Encourage them to contact relevant community resources, health and mental professionals if they need professional help.
It is also important for people to know where they can seek help. And one way is to have SOS hotline number accessible in case there is a crisis. Some simple ways of letting others know about SOS:
For anyone in crisis, a listening ear and a shoulder to lean on can make a positive difference. Be attentive to the motivational needs of your family and friends.
Suicidal thoughts and tendencies can affect anyone. Be pre-emptive and look out for the warning signs of suicidal tendencies among your family, friends, colleagues, and other people around you. Be alert and take the appropriate measures if you think there may be a risk of suicide.
It is also important to look after yourself by -
SOS offers a wide range of talks and workshops on suicide awareness, intervention and postvention for youths, professionals, and the community. Join any of our training programmes or work with SOS to organise awareness talks for your place of work, school or social group.
Most of us, at some point in our lives, have experienced feeling overwhelmed, hopeless and distressed. Without proper help, these feelings may escalate into suicidal thoughts.
The services provided by SOS are aimed at achieving a community with the capacity to not only empathise but also play a pre-emptive role in suicide prevention.
With your support, not only can SOS continute to provide such services, but the community at large can be more equipped to help anyone in crisis. After all, a loss by suicide never just affects the immediate family, it affects everyone. And more importantly, suicide prevention is everybody's business.
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