July 30th is the International Day of Friendship. Taking an interest in your friend, their interests and what’s going on with them and the people in their lives is something that is always appreciated. One of the main benefits of having strong friendships is that they help you through those tough times. Would you know how to help a friend who is contemplating suicide? In Illinois, every 1.7 days on an average a young person (ages 10-24) is lost to this “Silent Epidemic” of youth suicide.
“A Friend Asks” is a free smart-phone app that helps provide the information, tools, and resources to help a friend (or yourself) who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide. Please visit www.jasonfoundation.com today and download the app and encourage your friends to do the same. The “A Friend Asks” App contains the following information:
- Warning signs of suicidal ideation
- How to help a friend
- How to get help now
- What to do and what not to do
- The B1 program
If in an immediate crisis, call 911. If you, or a friend, need to talk with a counselor for help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (anytime 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255) or use the Get Help Now button on the app. Education is the key to prevention and with information like this as close as your smartphone; you could help save a life!