Why Matt Ryan Is Starting Conversations About Suicide Prevention
I've been passionate about using my platform to raise awareness about suicide prevention, and one of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's main messages really resonates with me.
Talk Saves Lives is an introduction to suicide prevention that AFSP hosts (click here to learn more) but it's a simple phrase for an important concept: If you suspect someone you know is at-risk for suicide or a mental health crisis, you should assume that YOU are the only person who is going to reach out to help them.
You may have heard me talk before about how I'm here today because someone reached out. When I was in high school, I was planning to take my life but a classmate, someone I didn't know well, picked up on signs that I was in crisis. She went to a teacher, and the school and my parents stepped in. I got the help I needed.
All situations are different, but the Talk Saves Lives program gives participants the tools they need to raise awareness and help reduce the number of suicides nationwide. Here's how AFSP describes it:
This is a community-based presentation that covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide. Attendees will learn the risk and warning signs of suicide, and how together, we can help prevent it.
Ready to get started? Click here to learn more and find a presentation near you.