A national poll conducted in 2015 found that almost 50 percent of American respondents identified barriers that stopped them from trying to help someone at risk for suicide. These included the fear that they would say or do something to make things worse rather than better, and not knowing how to find help for a person in crisis. A follow-up public perception poll conducted in 2018 by the Action Alliance and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, found that nearly 80 percent of Americans are interested in learning how they might be able to play a role in helping someone who may be suicidal. And, more recently, a 2020 public perception survey found that as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, over half of Americans are more open to talking about their own mental health.
To ensure the public is informed about the actions that can help save a life in their families, neighborhoods, schools, faith communities, and workplaces, during Suicide Prevention Month (#SPM20) in September—and all year round—the Action Alliance is leveraging the good work of existing campaigns (#BeThe1To, #BeThere, and Take 5 to Save Lives) that focus on the importance of being there for others.
The Action Alliance and its partners will collectively unite in September and throughout the year to educate the public about the many ways they can take action to support a person who is struggling or in crisis. Through a series of e-blasts leading up to September, the Action Alliance hopes to equip organizations with the necessary resources and tools to plan for and participate in this important national conversation.
- e-blast #1: Developing Effective and Safe Messaging for Suicide Prevention Month
- e-blast #2: Highlighting the Role of All Americans
- e-blast #3: #BeThere Resources and AI/AN Hope for Life Day
- e-blast #4: #BeThere Activities, Partner Campaigns, and Events
Learn more about the existing campaigns and utilize existing materials in your organization's messaging in September and beyond. Help is available and hope is a reality.