Video campaigns created by the Mid-Valley Suicide Prevention Coalition are available to be downloaded and used to promote awareness around suicide prevention efforts free of charge. Contact us for technical assistance with implementing any of these campaigns in your organization.
"When we made this video we wanted to emphasize that everyone has one or many things that they deal with and even if you feel like its only you, you are not alone. We also wanted to make sure that everyone knows that it is always OK to ask for help."
"I think this video is important because it's important for people to know that it's okay to be struggling. Not only that, but it's okay to tell people that you are struggling. It's okay to feel stuck. Social media is such a great thing but at the same time it can feel like we are the only people in the world who are struggling, surrounded by "happy" people with their "happy" lives.
I want to see people's struggles, spreading hope that its okay to be struggling. I want to feel encouraged by others knowing they are struggling but they will be alright and make it through. I want to be reminded that it's okay to feel stuck and feel like you can't make it through. I think that this video captures that message exactly.
I hope that people take away from the video that they don't have to keep up with trying to be happy or good all the time. I hope it encourages people to talk to their friends or anyone else they are comfortable with. Feeling stuck or feeling alone hurts. But there are people who are about you and even though it doesn't always feel like you will make it, one day it will all make sense again. You don't have to pretend anymore. It's okay to not be okay, and its okay to need help."
"Suicide is a topic that needs to be brought up more for the sake of those who are feeling suicidal at this very moment. People who feel suicidal need to know that it is OK to feel the way they're feeling. But they need to realize that it is OK to ask for help before it's too late. Suicide is not something to joke about. If you know someone is out there struggling to keep themselves alive, give them a reason for existing. Instead of sitting there watching them suffer, go ask them if they are alright. Most people these day don't realize that asking a simple question like "do you feel suicidal?" to someone you can see struggling, can actually save their lives.
Although it is not easy to just say those words, it isn't any easier to let someone kill themselves because they didn't feel like anyone cared enough. So for those of you who are struggling, reach out and ask for help. You can always call the suicide hotline, or just go to a trustworthy person in your life. On the other hand, for those of you who can spot someone showing signs of suicide, take action. Be there for them and show that person that you care about them. Even if you have no idea who that person is, you're saving a life.
Getting trained to read signs of suicide, how to help, and how to stop someone from attempting is important and everyone should learn. If we all pitch in and learn a few things here and there about suicide prevention, we could save many people. If we were trained, it wouldn't be so hard to communicate with someone who is trying to harm themselves because we would understand a little more of what they are feeling. Losing someone because you just don't understand them enough is something no one wants to live with for the rest of their lives. Help yourself and take some lessons by learning some basic steps on how to read signs, how to calmly approach the situation, and how to take action.
I want everyone to know that IT IS OK TO NOT BE OK. Don't be ashamed that you aren't OK. Just accept that you aren't and go get the help you need before the feelings get worse. It is OK to ask someone if they are suicidal. And it is OK to ask for help.
It will always be alright if you asked someone for help because you are important and belong here."
"For many of us, suicide is an uncomfortable topic. There is often a fear that talking about suicide might cause someone to take his/her life. This simply is not true. Talking about suicide does not increase the likelihood that it will happen. We need to increase awareness about suicide prevention, and we need more education.
No matter how bad life might seem, there is hope. Suicide can be prevented. You can make a difference. By taking just a small amount of time to learn about suicide prevention, you can participate in the little steps that can help people who are hurting get the services they need.
You could save a life."
Polk County Crisis Line
Psychiatric Crisis Center
Northwest Human Services
(503) 581-5535 or 1-800-560-5535
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
National Veteran Crisis Hotline
1-800-273-8255 Press 1
TEEN2TEEN to 839-863