Men's health organization the Movember Foundation just released a video featuring men reading the notes they'd written years ago when they were considering suicide. According to the video, these men all "found a way through" that trying time "by talking."
The video was created to jumpstart an important conversation in anticipation of World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10.
"Suicide is a public health crisis among men that deserves attention, and it's the mission of the Movember Foundation to make sure male suicide prevention becomes a global priority," Mark Hedstrom, senior vice president of global operations at the Movember Foundation, said in a press release. "Conversations between men strengthen their connections and improve their mental health, and we hope that this campaign around World Suicide Prevention Day will inspire men to break their silence and talk."
As of September 9, the YouTube video received nearly 200,000 views.
Suicide is preventable. There are numerous warning signs associated with it, including talking about wanting to die, talking about feeling hopeless, increasing drug or alcohol usage and displaying extreme mood swings.
If you know someone who is exhibiting these warning signs, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can offer help. Some potential courses of action include speaking to a therapist or a group, creating a safety plan and watching stories about hope and recovery.
And, as the video proves, just talking it out with people could be a lifesaver.
If you're in a crisis, you can reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK to speak with a skilled, trained counselor who is ready to listen to you.