National Prevention Week from Mrs. Jenn


Jennifer Distefano, PDHP

May 10-16, 2020 is National Prevention Week, which is hosted by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration). The focus is on increasing substance use prevention and promoting mental health. Each day this week, a topic is dedicated to helping increase substance use prevention and promoting mental health and wellness.







Today’s topic is preventing suicide

Suicide is a very sensitive topic and can touch anyone, anywhere and anytime, BUT there is hope and prevention is possible.

According to SAMHSA, “Suicide touches whole communities. Each person who dies by suicide leaves behind 135 people who knew that person -and the impact of suicide and the bereavement that follow”.

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, here are some warning signs to be aware of:









HELP IS HERE FOR YOU: Talking with someone about your thoughts and feelings can save your life. Below is a list of resources that can help save a life:







  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255
  • Find a therapist and/or support group
  • Establish and utilize a support network
  • Make a safety plan for yourself
  • Text, TALK to 741741


  • CALL 911, if danger for self-harm seems imminent.
  • ASK THEM, if they are thinking of killing themselves. This WILL NOT put the idea into their head or make it more likely that they will attempt suicide.
  • LISTEN WITHOUT JUDGING, show you care.
  • STAY WITH THE PERSON, make sure the person is in a private, secure plan with another caring person until you can get further assistance.
  • REMOVE ANY OBJECTS, that could be used in a suicide attempt.




How to help someone who is suicidal | Choices Psychotherapy

Here is a practical guide to demonstrate the best ways to help someone who may be experiencing a suicidal crisis.

Help Prevent Suicide | SAMHSA – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Suicide can touch anyone, anywhere, and at any time. But it is not inevitable. There is hope.

Home | AFSP

Learn about suicide, how you can help prevent it, and resources for those affected, from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Our mission: save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide