September is National Suicide Prevention Month
World Suicide Prevention Day is September 10, and in the week and month surrounding it, mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies, and community members will share resources and stories, as well as promote suicide prevention awareness.
The whole month of September will be a time to remember those affected by suicide, raise awareness, and focus efforts on directing treatment to those who need it most.
The Studio and Studio R3 will take part in raising awareness all month to support clients, families and friends in this vital mission we feel so passionately about.
As hairdressers, we’re devoted to making people feel great about themselves—it’s what we do every day.
And this month, we want to focus on letting every client know how valued and beautiful they are—inside and out.
Why We’re on a Mission
The Studio and Studio R3 owner Lisa Cochran has lost two clients to suicide: one a teenager, and the other, one of her dearest friends.
These tragedies have left a lasting mark on us all here at The Studio and Studio R3, and we’re determined not to let their lives end without purpose. That’s why we’re spreading the word about suicide prevention and letting our clients and community know we’re here providing resources, a listening ear and compassionate hearts, this month and always.
There are many reasons people contemplate suicide, ranging from mental health and substance abuse to lack of social support and a sense of isolation. No matter the reason, we want our clients to know help is available to anyone who’s struggling.
What You Can Do to Help
While many people who are suicidal may be unwilling to share their thoughts and feelings with others, it is possible to recognize signs of suicidal behavior.
These signs include:
- Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves.
- Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun.
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
- Talking about being a burden to others.
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
- Agitation (mood swings, a bad temper, or have trouble calming down).
- Sleeping too little or too much.
- Withdrawing or isolating themselves.
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
- Personality changes/extreme mood swings.
- Poor self-care (lack of attention to hygiene, reckless decision-making or both)
If you recognize any of these signs and feel your loved one could benefit from help, the following resources are available.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255 (available 24 hours a day)
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Chat: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/
- National Suicide Prevention website: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
- The Crisis Line: http://www.contactthecrisisline.org/ or call 601-713-4357 (Mississippi residents)
At The Studio and Studio R3, we’re always here for our clients, family and friends. We believe each and every one of you makes the world more beautiful, simply by being in it.
Please reach out to us if you need to talk or are looking for resources. Suicide is a national epidemic, and it’s one we have the power to change. Help us be the change.