Dialing a Hotline Number is not the way to prevent suicide

September 10, 2018 by dccinc

Disability Credit Canada helps many Canadians with Mental Disorders such as anxiety, depression and PTSD so, today September 10, 2018, is Suicide Prevention Day and we at Disability Credit Canada want to throw light on the ways to identify symptoms of mental illness and the various ways of prevention.

After every high-profile suicide, we see tons of messages all over the internet sharing the Hotline Number which can be used for Suicide Prevention. Why people are active on Social Media sharing the suicide hotline number only when there is a tragedy? Is this the solution? It definitely requires a better cure to heal the wound and it should be a continuous healing process that should not wait for another tragedy to occur.

Ways you can help prevent suicides and not just sharing the hotline number

Ways you can help preventing suicides by not just sharing the hotline numberWe are a part of society and it is the responsibility of every individual to help each other in times of need.

“It’s less about what you say and more about how you encourage them to talk more and give them a response that’s nonjudgmental and really supportive” said Christine Moutier, chief medical officer of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Behavior changes occur starting from a very small change like sitting away from your friends and keeping yourself away from the activities you love. This is a stage where a person needs attention and being a good listener to them can help an individual enormously. It would be better to go out for coffee with them and listen to their problems rather than sharing the hotline number on the internet which may disappear after a certain point of time. Active listening when a person is in a low mood or anxious can really help the person who is experiencing mental health complications.

Furthermore Moutier says “We need to deepen the mental health literacy of our nation, to the point that people become self-aware of the triggers and improvers of their own mental health like they are with their physical health”

Mental health issues can appear from a very early stage when an individual is as young as a toddler. Good parenting is required which can help an individual understand the ways they can keep themselves happier diverting their minds from the activities that can make them feel lonely and turn out to be suicidal or lead to depression.

“We need to continue to work toward educating people that mental health issues are real and may require more courage to seek help than other diseases because of the stigma,” said Ana Moreno, co-founder and clinical director of Family Recovery Specialists, a facility at Delphi Behavioral Health Group in Miami.

To know more about the ways to prevent suicide and mental health issues read here To Prevent suicide, we need to do more than just share a hotline number.

Sharing your feelings can revive your mind

Hotlines are definitely a vital resource for suicide prevention and it has been decades The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Samaritans have been helping the people of the society since its launch in 2013 but it has been found that most of the people dialing the number are not even suicidal and they are just going through a psychological health issue mainly through depression, sadness and anxiety. At this stage more than dialing a hotline number talking to a loved one and sharing the feelings would help release the stress. After all, it is the duty of society to have a feeling of responsibility towards each other.

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