Resources and Programs for Suicide Awareness & Prevention
There are many people and places that support suicide awareness. Some people do promotions to raise money for certain programs too. There is a lot of supporting groups and companies that raise awareness and prevention for suicide. So we are going to discuss these programs and share some links as well.
Programs and Websites
This website/program reaches out to all people of all ages. Douglas Jacobs, M.D. is the founder of this program and it all started in 1980 when he and his colleagues decided to start screening for mental illnesses. From that initial National Depression Screening Day in 1990, their programming has expanded immensely. They also have National Depression Screening Day in October, National Alcohol Screening Day in April and the National Eating Disorders Program which is promoted annually during the National Eating Disorders Awareness Week which is the last week of February. They have a lot of programs for schools from middle school to college and programs for the workplace as well.
The mission of the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide is to reduce the number of youth suicides and attempted suicides by encouraging public awareness through the development and promotion of educational training programs. It all started in 2005 by two friends who lost teenaged children to suicide. The two men found that suicide was the third leading cause of death for America’s youth. They were determined to do whatever they could to protect other families from the loss of a loved one. They have programs for teachers and role models, so they can learn how to talk to their children about teen suicide. They have in-person training, as well as at home guides.
The Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program is dedicated to preventing suicide and attempts by making suicide prevention accessible to everyone and removing barriers to help. This program began in 1994 after many pleas from teens and adults after the loss of a friend and a loved one. After this teens started pinning yellow ribbons to yellow papers that said “please don’t do this, please talk to someone” that was said by the person’s family. Eventually the teens started to mail them everywhere. Within three weeks came a girl who got help when she gave her yellow message she had received in the mail to her teacher and received help. The Ripple Effect had begun. After the ripple effect began they started programs to travel so they could help people, teach, and share things. They do presentations and provide support for survivors. You can also donate to help support these programs.
People That Raise Awareness
Not only are there programs that raise suicide awareness, there are also people that use their influence on their fans to raise awareness and money for suicide. Many celebrities and Youtubers help towards these programs.
- Gina Rodriguez
Gina Rodriguez was recently filmed for a project called “Ten Second Portraits,” which shows celebrities and other people raw, without any editing and without the opportunity to “pose” in front of a camera. This video helped her reveal that she suffers from anxiety.
- Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato may as well be the reigning champion of mental health awareness. After struggling with body image issues and an eating disorder, Lovato now maintains a healthy lifestyle and is dedicated in spreading the positivity. She said “It’s my mission to share this with the world and to let them know that there is life on the other side of those dark times”
- Wilmer Valderrama
Wilmer Valderrama, Demi Lovato’s boyfriend not only supports his girlfriend but everyone else that is struggling with mental illness.
- Halle Berry
Halle Berry used her role in Frankie and Alice to support those with mental illnesses. Her main message is hope. She understands that people who suffer from mental illness often struggle.
- Glenn Close
The Close family decided to come out about their struggles with mental illness together. Since their struggles, Glenn Close has brought awareness to the disease via campaigns like Bring Change 2 Mind.
- Mark Fischbach
Mark Fischbach more commonly known as Markiplier, a Youtuber that not only raises money for many organizations but also raised money for depression. He raises money for different charities once a month.
- Seán McLoughlin
Seán McLoughlin is another youtuber that raises money for charity, he goes by Jacksepticeye. He recently raised over 200,000 dollars for suicide awareness
There are many people and programs out there to help. Many people have gone similar things and are there to help. Nobody is 100% alone. If you ever feel alone remember you can always reach out because there are a lot of places willing to help you get better. We hope that you have found the Resources and Programs for Suicide Awareness & Prevention most helpful. Thank you from all of us at the Resiliency Alliance.