More than 800,000 people die by suicide each year—that's one person every 40 seconds. Odds are you know someone who has attempted to commit suicide. We know Phi Kappa Psi members experience significant issues with mental health, and that's why we are proud to be an active participant in National Suicide Prevention Week, highlighting this important issue and providing education on how we all play a role in suicide prevention.
Phi Kappa Psi has partnered with Take 5 to Saves Lives to bring light to this meaningful topic. The Take 5 to Save Lives campaign asks each Phi Psi to take time out of their day the week of September 5-9, 2016 to complete five action items:
- Learn the Signs
- Join the Movement
- Spread the Word
- Support a Friend
- Reach Out
Saturday, September 10, 2016 is World Suicide Prevention Day, and you can make a difference. By taking five minutes to get involved and become informed, you will be part of a worldwide movement to save lives.
We ask each chapter to hold a ceremony recognizing World Suicide Prevention Day—the event can be private or open to the campus community. Here is an easy-to-use script to have a successful candlelight ceremony. Fill out this form if you plan to host an event.
There are plenty of other ways to be an advocate for suicide prevention. They include:
- Share on-campus resources with your chapter brothers and fellow students
- Share trainings and/or educational programs available on-campus to students
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and is available 24/7 with trained staff to offer emotional support
- Use the Take 5 Toolkit to make the campaign fun and easy
Phi Kappa Psi will be leveraging social media to spark meaningful conversations all week. Follow along using #PhiPsiStory and #Take5.
If you have any questions about Suicide Prevention Week, please contact Director of Health & Wellness, Andrea Kleekamp.