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At SOS, we believe that suicide prevention is everybody's business.  As such, there are many ways in which you can contribute.

Awareness and De-Stigmatisation

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:

  • Challenge misconceptions about suicide (e.g., when talking to friends, when reading a story on suicide, etc).
  • Use the right words and phrases when talking about suicide.
  • Students can choose suicide prevention as topic for your assignment. This will allow you to do some research on the topic and you can share the information with your friends.

Encourage Help-Seeking Behaviour

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.

Disseminating Information on the Help Available

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:

  • Save the SOS hotline number on your phone and encourage others to do the same
  • Share about the SOS website with others
  • Place SOS brochures and posters in your area (e.g. schools, offices, community centres, etc.) 

Be There for Others

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.

Look Out for the Warning Signs

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.

Take Care of Yourself

It is also important to look after yourself by -

  • Talking to someone you trust about issues you may be facing
  • Finding a pastime that you enjoy to break the daily monotony
  • Learning to relax and unwind to combat stress
  • Exercising to keep physically and mentally fit
  • Getting sufficient rest each day
  • Eating a healthy and balanced diet

Training and Education

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.

Support SOS

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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