Despite our best efforts, sometimes life just isn’t easy. This is often due to no fault of our own. It is possible to do all the “right” things and still find yourself struggling with emotions and circumstances that feel frightening and overwhelming. At Crossroads Family Dentistry, we recognize the challenges that our team and our patients might face and want to create an environment that fosters good mental health.
You are not alone, and there are resources available to help if you are struggling. This is especially true as we take a look at Suicide Prevention Week (September 5th to the 11th).
What is Suicide Prevention Week?
Everyone needs help sometimes. That idea is what Suicide Prevention Month, September, is all about, with organizations and people around the world uniting together to offer resources and empathy to anyone struggling with suicidal thoughts. The team at Crossroads Family Dentistry wants our readers and our patients to know that they have options, too.
Suicide Prevention Week takes place every September. The week encompasses Sunday through Saturday around World Suicide Prevention Day, which is September 10th. The week is meant to educate individuals struggling with thoughts of self-harm and their loved ones to understand how to move forward in the face of difficult circumstances.
Where can I find help?
The United States has several different programs to help if you are struggling with your mental health. Organizations like SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services), Mental Health America, and NAMI offer help nationwide in addition to locally-sponsored programs. You can also reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which offers confidential support free of charge and can connect you with other resources.
If you are overwhelmed and unsure where to turn, it is important to remember that there are tools at your disposal. Reach out to any of the resources mentioned above or look online for local help. You are worth the effort.