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. More recently, a 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.
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 September 10-15 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. On September 10-15, the Action Alliance and its partners will collectively unite to educate the public about the many ways to take action to support a person who is struggling or in crisis.
Learn more about the existing campaigns and utilize existing materials in your organization's messaging efforts in September.