To prevent suicide show your support for others to #KeepGoing

September is Suicide Prevention Month and it’s important that we are there for each other and take steps to prevent suicide. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s theme for the month is to #KeepGoing, by taking simple actions to safeguard our mental health and save lives. From learning the warning signs for suicide and what to do if you are worried someone is struggling, to bringing education programs to your community, we can all learn new ways to help each other save lives.

One action I’m taking is to urge my public officials to prioritize suicide prevention and mental health. When someone is in acute crisis, it’s hard for them to think clearly, and even reaching out for help can be a struggle. For this reason, it is vital that Congress pass the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act (H.R.4194/S.2661) to make a three-digit number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline a reality. This legislation will provide the funding and resources needed by crisis centers across the country that support those struggling with their mental health and thoughts of suicide.

I lost my middle daughter, Nina, in September 2016. Nina was 15 years old and only two weeks into her sophomore year at Kamiak High School. Unfortunately Nina suffered for years before she confided in us. Since losing Nina I have started acknowledging my own struggles with mental health.

In this time of uncertainty, we all need to find new ways to connect and support each other.

Together, we #KeepGoing.

Dawn Krivanek

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