September is National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. When each of us increase our understanding of this important issue we become more available to help someone in need. We can also play a huge role in decreasing the isolation those grappling with suicide experience.
If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, please know help is available. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is operational every minute of every day throughout the year at
1-800-273-TALK. Counselors at the Lifeline can also be reached by texting “TALK” to 741741 anytime. Additionally, our EAP administrator, New Directions Behavioral Health has a 24/7/365 toll free number staffed with counselors and available to Pasco County Schools employees and their insurable dependents, 1-800-624-5544.
If you know someone who has died by suicide and would like support for yourself, or would like to find opportunities to support this cause, please visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at https://afsp.org/.
Please explore this link to find out some practical ways that you can become more ready to support someone who may be struggling with suicide https://afsp.org/realconvo/#realconvo-guides.
By educating ourselves, expanding our comfort level and availability, and making connections, each of us can make a difference in reducing the destructive impact of suicide in our society.
Please explore our Pasco County Schools EAP website to find ways the EAP can support you and your loved ones.