In honor of National Suicide Prevention Week, the Lifeline wants to help you build up your network of supporters—and learn how to become a better supporter to people in your network.
Mark Your Calendars for these events taking place online and in your community from 9/8-9/14.
Play Badge Bingo
You don’t have to be a former scout or even tech-savvy to play the Lifeline’s social media game. Starting on 9/8, you can earn badges by doing an activity designed to help boost your support network. The activities are easy and fun—like calling an old friend or sending someone a Lifeline E-Card. After you earn a badge, post it to your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or Pinterest account. Everyone is a winner, but if you collect 10 badges, you’ve BADGE BINGOed!
Light a Candle for World Suicide Prevention Day
Tuesday, 9/10, at 8 p.m. in your time zone
Join in a global candlelight vigil by lighting a candle near a window to show your support for suicide prevention, to remember a lost loved one, and for the survivors of suicide.
Join a Twitter Chat
Thursday, 9/12, 4 p.m. ET
The Lifeline will host a Twitter Chat on the topic “How to Prevent Suicide Online.” Follow @800273TALK on Twitter and the hashtag #Preventsuicide to join the conversation.
Raise Awareness with Suicide Prevention Ribbons
The purple and turquoise Suicide Prevention Ribbon symbolizes suicide awareness and prevention and serves as a reminder that suicide is an issue we need to talk about. Whether you have a purple and turquoise ribbon pin, make your own ribbon, or download the Lifeline’s ribbon avatar, show everyone that you care about suicide prevention. Plus, you’ll earn the Advocate Badge.
Switchboard of Miami
Saturday and Sunday 9/7-9/8
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST): ASIST is a 2-day highly intensive workshop for caregivers who want to feel more comfortable in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Switchboard's office in downtown Miami. To register for the ASIST Training, click here.
Question. Persuade. Refer. (QPR): Attend a free training to learn how you can help save a life from suicide. Switchboard provides a free QPR Gatekeeper training to the community. The training workshop is two hours long and takes place at Switchboard's office in downtown Miami. To register for QPR training, click here.
Suicide Prevention Panel Discussion: This event will take place at the Miami-Dade College Wolfson Campus, inside Building 7, Room 7128 in the ETCOTA auditorium. The gathering will feature an interactive discussion to raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention.
Suicide Safe Support Group: Switchboard will host a support group for individuals who are concerned that a loved one may have suicidal thoughts. The support group will meet at Switchboard's office from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in Training room A. Registration is required. To register for the support group, contact DFlores@switchboardmiami.org
Common Ground (Michigan)
In recognition and support of National Suicide Prevention Week, Common Ground is opening its doors to the community to share information about its suicide prevention efforts on Friday, September 13 from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at the agency’s administrative offices located at 1410 S. Telegraph Rd., Bloomfield Hills, MI. To RSVP for the open house, or for more information, contact Amelia Lehto, Crisis Line and Suicide Prevention specialist, at 248-451-2613.
Arkansas Crisis Center (Arkansas)
The Arkansas Crisis Center in association with the Northwest Arkansas Suicide Prevention Coalition are doing an awareness rally and march called “A Call for Hope” on September 10 from 12:00-6:30 p.m. For more information, click here.
Hustle for Hope (Minnesota)
The second annual Hustle for Hope, a 5K Run/Walk, will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at Normandale Lake, Bloomington. The Hustle for Hope benefits the critical services provided by Crisis Connection.