Death by suicide is not an individual problem, a moral failing, nor an act of selfishness, and suicide prevention is a community issue that demands a community approach. Working as a therapist over the past six years has shown me that death by suicide is often a choice that an individual feels compelled to make when they perceive that they have run out of all other choices. If we as a society are truly committed to ending suicide, we have an obligation to create a world in which that choice no longer feels necessary to end suffering. This means dismantling all systems which contribute to human suffering and cultivating a more just society. True suicide prevention is all of us making a commitment to creating and maintaining a society in which the most marginalized of us are no longer marginalized.
Suicide prevention is not simply ‘recognizing the signs’ and calling a hotline just in time.
Suicide prevention is not simply referring a person to talk therapy.
Suicide prevention is also…
…every person having a permanent home.
…universal basic income.
…free comprehensive healthcare.
…clean water and food security.
…an end to transphobia and homophobia.
…an end to patriarchy and biological essentialism.
…an end to racism and gender-based violence.
…an end to sexual violence and exploitation.
…a commitment to environmentalism and indigenous land stewardship.
…bodily autonomy for all.
…the end of the carceral state.
…the dismantling of capitalism, imperialism, and white supremacy.
Suicide prevention is an end to oppression.
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- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-TALK (8255)
- Trans Lifeline 877-565-8860
- Crisis Text Line Text “HOME” to 741741 from anywhere in the U.S. *Available 24/7*
- Philadelphia Warm-line: 1-855-507-9276 *Available Mon – Fri, 4PM to 7PM*
- Veterans Crisis Lines: 800-273-8255
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