Talking about suicide and mental health issues in general could make anyone nervous, especially if you have never done this before. To help you feel more comfortable writing safely about suicide, here are some things to consider when sharing your hopeful message:
- Consider portraying a message that is free of judgement and full of hope
- Consider focusing on life promotion, such as offering helpful tips to keep someone’s mind busy and offering alternatives to suicide
- Avoid sharing details or descriptions of someone who has died by suicide (this includes location, methods, and personal details). This level of detail is not needed to inspire and to instill hope to someone who may be struggling.
- Consider your language. The language around suicide and mental health is always evolving. We are always trying to avoid terms and phrases that may be outdated, inappropriate or stigmatizing. The appropriate use of the language demonstrates respect and sensitivity to the experiences of those who are affected by suicide. The Power of Words , is set by the Ontario Association for Suicide Prevention helps put into perspective some of these stigmatising words.
Thank you for reaching out and making a difference in someone’s life today.