Five Tips for Admins: The Twenty Two
Skip things that mention “suicide” as an end. i.e. “Suicide doesn’t just hurt one person.” Instead, focus on stories and memes of people who overcame hardship, rebuilt after crisis, or found a way to live with mental illness. (Source)
Using the same example as above, avoid burdening despondent persons with guilt, shame, and grief, by telling them they’re hurting more people. They are aware. But feel that this is a smaller pain than their continued presence. Instead, focus on the positives of staying around. i.e. “We’re going to get you help and your family is going to be so glad to see you smile again.” (Source)
Keep working on awareness campaigns for organizations that help despondent persons in getting help with mental health, physical health, and with stressors like finances and jobs. (Tool Kit for Admins)
Stop sensationalizing. When you post, “this is why vets are killing themselves” you are sensationalizing and initiating a contagion chain. Yes, we know the VA/groups/pages/veterans have problems. BIG problems. Seemingly insurmountable problems. But when we use that to put a label on suicide, we are also telling despondent persons, “This is a good excuse, and no one will be mad if you do it because of…..” If you’re not sure I’m right, go back and look at the comments below news articles about the vets that have killed themselves in VA parking lots. No modality is too disturbing. Whether self-emolliated or shot, respondents and despondents only identify with the struggle and thus begins the contagion. (Source)
Broaden your focus to improved health, nutrition, and lifestyle. These three factors are directly correlated with lowered suicide risk. Exercising three times a week has been proven to lower reporting of PTSD and depressive symptoms. With weight loss and improved health, individuals will be more receptive to other interventions. (Source)
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