If you know someone is struggling, asking them how they are doing and letting them know you are there for them can create a lifesaving connection.
By Carol Rickard
This past week was National Suicide Prevention Week and I had the honor of presenting an afternoon breakout session on managing stress at the NJ Suicide Prevention Conference.
There were two main speakers at this year’s conference put on by the NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the NJ Department of Children and Family.
The one overlapping tool from both their presentations and research they shared: ASK—Whether in the doctor’s office for a medical appointment, the therapist’s office for a counseling session, or even if you have a friend or colleague you realize is struggling.
In fact, these are the words I heard Dr. McKeon say in his presentation:
“If we don’t ask, we fail.”
It reminded me of another tool I came across when doing research for a training I did as part of the Domestic Violence Response Team Training.
It is called the Columbia Scale (C-SSRC) and there is a special version for family, friends, and neighbors.
It is a simple outline of exactly what to ask and what to do should you find someone who is at risk and needs help.
You can click here to learn more & get the card.
There was one other critical takeaway that I wanted to share.
Research has shown how CONNECTION can be a protective factor.
Life can get busy, taking the time to reach out to people around us is important to all of our well-being.
It can be a simple call or text: “Hi I was thinking about you & how you are doing. Is there anything I can do to support you today?”
I understand it might seem scary to ASK, but what is scarier is when we don’t…
If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline:
~ To Living Well TODAY! ~
via Esperanza – Hope To Cope
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