September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: a time to share resources, start important conversations, and take action to prevent suicide. (Check out our September schedule to see all that we have planned!)
You, our community partners, can use this toolkit throughout the month to highlight the ways that your organization is partnering with Prevent Suicide Today to create a suicide safer Chatham County.
Please join us in posting the following prevention tips for Suicide Prevention Awareness Week (September 10th-14th). Simply click on the images to download, and post along with the suggested text.
Monday, September 10
Suggested post: In honor of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, [partner name] and @PreventSuicideToday are sharing four key needs of a person at risk of suicide, using the acronym T.A.L.K. A person at risk needs to TELL someone about their thoughts of suicide, even though they might be cautious in saying it openly. How can you show a person needing to reach out that you are a safe person to talk to?
Tuesday, September 11
Suggested post: [partner name] and @PreventSuicideToday are raising awareness by sharing four needs of a person at risk of suicide, using the acronym T.A.L.K. A person at risk of suicide needs someone to ASK about suicide. It may not be easy, but it’s important that we ask as directly, clearly, and as soon as we can: “Are you thinking about suicide?”
Wednesday, September 12
Suggested post: For Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, [partner name] and @PreventSuicideToday are sharing four needs of a person at risk of suicide, using the acronym T.A.L.K. A person at risk of suicide needs someone to LISTEN. A good listener gives a person at risk the chance to clear their thoughts by talking through them. What are some ways to be a good listener?
Thursday, September 13
Suggested post: Learn the four key needs of a person at risk of suicide with [partner name] and @PreventSuicideToday, using the acronym T.A.L.K. A person at risk of suicide is emotionally overwhelmed, and needs help KEEPING SAFE. A caregiver can focus on immediate safety by removing lethal means and by connecting the person at risk to a suicide prevention resource such as the Georgia Crisis and Access Line at 1-800-715-4225.
Friday, September 14
Suggested post: A person at risk of suicide has a need to TELL about their thoughts of suicide, to be ASKED directly if they are thinking of suicide, to clear their thoughts with someone who will LISTEN, and help KEEPING SAFE from suicide. [partner name] and @PreventSuicideToday are working to raise awareness that by meeting these needs, we can all help prevent suicide in our communities.
Prevent Suicide Today will host three fundraising events in September to benefit our ASIST scholarship program. We ask our partners to accept the invitations to be co-hosts for each of the three events and to please share the following posts.
Spirit Night at Fiddler’s
Suggested post: @PreventSuicideToday and [partner name] are excited to partner with Fiddler’s Southside to support the ASIST workshop scholarship program. Come eat at Fiddler’s Tuesday, September 11th and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Prevent Suicide Today. It takes a community to prevent suicide! Thank you, @FiddlersCrabHouse!
Spirit Night at Tubby’s
Suggested post: @PreventSuicideToday and [partner name] are excited to partner with Tubby’s Tank House Thunderbolt support the ASIST workshop scholarship program. Come eat at Tubby’s Tuesday, September 25th and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Prevent Suicide Today. It takes a community to prevent suicide! Thank you, @TubbysTankHouseThunderbolt!
Keep It Together! A Night of Mental Health Storytelling & Comedy
Suggested post: Join us Saturday, September 29th, for this live show starring some of Savannah’s most brilliant storytellers and improvisers! Featuring local guest speakers and improv comedy by Front Porch Improv, it will be a night to remember. All proceeds benefit @PreventSuicideToday’s community scholarship program. Get your tickets here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/fbevent/3596278
Public Service Announcement
Join us in sharing the following PSA, courtesy of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, at some point in September.
Suggested post: This is Rob’s life story. He is alive today because someone reached out to ask if he was thinking about suicide. [Partner name], @GeorgiaDBHDD, and @PreventSuicideToday encourage you to learn the warning signs and ask the question: “Are you thinking about suicide?” It can make all the difference.
Please feel free to choose from the following images from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for unscheduled posts throughout the month. We encourage you to post at least one per week.
Suggested post: If you are having thoughts of suicide, help is available. Join [partner name] and @PreventSuicideToday in promoting suicide safety by saving and sharing these prevention resources.
Suggested post: Did you know that [partner name] has partnered with @PreventSuicideToday to offer suicide prevention workshops in Chatham County? Learn the warning signs and how to respond at an ASIST Suicide Prevention Workshop. Register now: https://www.chathamsafetynet.org/asist-registration/
Suggested post: If you are having thoughts of suicide, there is hope. Share this message with [partner name] and @PreventSuicideToday to raise awareness that things can and do get better.
Suggested post: September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. [partner name] has teamed up with @PreventSuicideToday to offer suicide prevention resources in Chatham County. Learn more about how you can promote suicide safety in your community: https://www.chathamsafetynet.org/suicide-prevention/
Suggested post: Together, we can all work to prevent suicide in our communities. Learn more about what [partner name] and @PreventSuicideToday have done to start conversations and save lives in Chatham County: https://www.chathamsafetynet.org/prevent-suicide-today-our-impact/
Suggested post: Help [partner name] and @PreventSuicideToday raise awareness about the warning signs of suicide. Can you name any of the warning signs of suicide?
Suggested post: One of the simplest ways to reduce the stigma around suicide is to talk about it more. [partner name] and @PreventSuicideToday have partnered to offer SuicideTALK in Chatham County, an awareness-raising discussion helps start the conversation about suicide. Watch the online SuicideTALK here: https://www.chathamsafetynet.org/suicidetalk-webinar/
If you are having thoughts of suicide or need immediate assistance, please call the Georgia Crisis and Access Line at 1-800-715-4225.