Suicide Prevention Month: Bringing Awareness

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Leia Chu, Journalist

We all come to a point in our lives where we feel alone and lost. For some, it’s harder climbing out of the hole that you’ve dug yourself into. Although it gets tough at times, there’s always a way to bounce back. 

This month is suicide prevention awareness month. What is that you may ask? During the month of September, schools, businesses, social media, and other platforms boost awareness about suicide and what viewers can do to help and support the people around them. 

What can you do if you feel depressed? Depression is a disorder that can lead to suicide. Three steps you can take are, “Time out Work out, and Reach out”. Take a break! Read a book, write in your journal, or hang out with friends. Go outside! Taking a walk is scientifically proven to help relieve stress. Even going for a bike ride or a jog can release endorphins. Speak up! Reach out by talking to someone about how you’ve been feeling. You can also reach out by helping out your community such as helping at a community garden or even volunteering at a senior center. 

Everyone is going through something, whether you can see it from the outside or not. We all go through our own problems, and it’s normal. Don’t be afraid to reach out to a trusted someone if you ever feel alone. There are hotlines you can call and/or text including 988, if you are ever feeling lost and you feel like you can’t dig yourself out of a hole on your own. Not only that but there are people around you who can get you the help you need. Don’t be afraid to speak up for yourself, because you are never alone.