Take 5 to Save Lives

More people die in the world from suicide than by war and murder combined. By taking 5 minutes to get involved and become informed, you will be a part of the worldwide movement to save lives.

(1) Learn the signs. The pain a person is experiencing isn’t always obvious. Most people who are contemplating suicide show some signs that they are thinking about suicide. These signs can sometimes be obvious, and at other times subtle. You will hear them in conversations, see them appear through their actions, and observe them in their social media posts. If you observe one or more warning signs, especially if the behavior is new, has increased, or seems related to a painful event, loss, or change, then we encourage you to step in and speak up.

(2) Know how to help. Attend a QPR Gatekeeper suicide prevention training. Local online session sessions are being hosted by the New Mexico Department of Health, Office of School and adolescent Health. Register here.

(3) Practicing self care is something important that we should all do regularly (not occasionally, or whenever we feel like “treating ourselves”). It is essential to help build resilience, know how to support yourself, and assist you in coping with stressful situations that occur in life. Self-care practice needs to happen in your physical, mental, emotional, behavioral, social, and spiritual aspects of your life.

(4) Reach out. You are not alone. There is always someone here to hear you. Call the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line at 1-855-662-7474 when you need to talk

(5) Spread the word. Help support suicide prevention awareness and education in your community. Use the NMCAL public awareness resources to spread the word about suicide prevention.

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