Suicide Prevention Month

Date: 
Tuesday, September 1, 2020 to Wednesday, September 30, 2020

We all have a role in preventing suicide. Join Garland ISD’s Guidance & Counseling Department during the month of September as we work with Region 10 and 11 to bring awareness to Suicide Prevention. Join us in the discussion and help #BeThe1To save a life.

National Suicide Prevention Week is a part of Suicide Prevention Month.

5 steps

Use the five steps to help communicate with someone struggling with suicide:

  1. Ask
    When you ask “Are you thinking about suicide?”, you show you’re open to speaking about suicide in a non-judgmental and supportive way. Be sure to listen and not promise to keep it a secret.
  2. Be there
    Help support the person struggling by being physically present, speaking with them on the phone when you can, or any other way that shows support for the person at risk. 
  3. Keep them safe
    Understand their thoughts and feelings. Ask them questions about if they've planned an attempt and other related questions.
  4. Help them connect
    Connect your friend to supports such as their school counselor, a mental health professional, or a number like the Lifeline (800-273-8255 or text HELLO to 741741) to help them establish a safety net for crises.
  5. Follow up
    Call, text, or video chat with the person you connected with to see how they are doing. Be a friend, show your support and see if they need anything.

Learn more about suicide prevention on bethe1to.com. To connect with your counseling department, message AskCounseling@garlandisd.net.

Feeling thankful? See bethe1to.com/say-thanks/ to get tips on how to say "thank you" to those who have been there for you.