On our podcast ‘Tales That Tethr’, tethr Founder & CEO Matt Zerker interviews entrepreneurs, experts, thought leaders, and regular people about what is means to be a man, the challenges that modern men face, and how to overcome challenges and live life in a more connected and authentic way.
September marks the beginning of Suicide Prevention Month.
At tethr we are encouraging everyone to create awareness and most importantly TAKE ACTION this month. Here are 5 Ways you can do just that.
78% of Suicides are by men. -NAMI
1. Arm yourself with the facts of today's Suicide Epidemic
Our friends at NAMI have highlighted these facts so we can build personal awareness and decide how to take action this month.
- 78% of all people who die by suicide are male.
- Although more women than men attempt suicide, men are nearly 4x more likely to die by suicide.
- Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10–34 and the 10th leading cause of death overall in the U.S.
- The overall suicide rate in the U.S. has increased by 35% since 1999.
- 46% of people who die by suicide had a diagnosed mental health condition.
- While nearly half of individuals who die by suicide have a diagnosed mental health condition, research shows that 90% experienced symptoms.
- Annual prevalence of serious thoughts of suicide, by U.S. demographic group:
- 4.8% of all adults
- 11.8% of young adults aged 18-25
- 18.8% of high school students
- 46.8% of lesbian, gay and bisexual high school students
- Some of the highest rates of suicide in the U.S. are among American Indian/Alaska Native and non-Hispanic white communities.
- Lesbian, gay and bisexual youth are 4x more likely to attempt suicide than straight youth.
- Transgender adults are nearly 12x more likely to attempt suicide than the general population.
- Suicide is the leading cause of death for people held in local jails.
Data from CDC, NIMH and other select sources.
2. Read this Open Letter by tethr Co-Founder Addison Brasil about losing a parent to suicide:
"I recently had the privilege of hosting a round table talk with fathers from the tethr for men mental health community. Two out of three of the fathers on the taping admitted they had been suicidal and just before what would have been their deaths, the thought of their sons is what stopped them. The experiences inspired them to join men’s communities like tethr, hire coaches, do therapy and get support. So that their life was not on the shoulders of their sons. I could barely catch my breath to continue to moderate the conversation.
Why didn't my dad just think of me? Maybe he did. Maybe I wasn’t enough to save him..."
As you read the letter, if someone comes up you think should read it, take action and share it.
3. Schedule time to provide extra Peer Support this month in the Community
Many men use tethr to track their emotional fitness and create personal awareness around their mental health and wellbeing so that they can get the help they need. This month we ask you pay close attention to your tethr IMPACT SCORE in the app. This is designed to help men notice and measure their impact on the greater community when they support other men. By commenting, liking, sharing, creating a safe space in direct messaging on the app you are making an impact on the lives of other men who need support. This is a scoreboard that everyone can put points on and feel good while doing it.
We know how busy life can get, so we suggest scheduling time to do this. September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day - would be a great day to block out some time for bad ass peer support, self care and advocacy.
4. Contact you local Government & Media about Suicide Prevention
A lot of headway is being made across North America for Suicide Prevention and Mental Health programming, but we still have a long way to go. Our friends at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention crated a tool so that you can email multiple news editors within the United States to help create a greater sense of awareness and the need for action in your local community.
Find out what your local officials are DOING and what you can do to encourage them to continue funding and efforts to combat suicide stigma and deaths.
5. Support Veteran and LGTBQIA+ Programs
Vetereans and LGBTQIA youth are more likely to experience suicide ideation and die by suicide.
We are always down to break the rules when it comes to creating positive change for others. So here's a bonus:
Looking for some extra support yourself this month? DONT STAY STUCK.
Need Crisis Resources for you or a friend. Click here for a list.