Thoughts of suicide could affect anyone feeling overwhelmed, hopeless or in pain. Middle aged men are particularly vulnerable, as their beliefs and expectations about masculinity often stop them from seeking the help they need. In 2019, 50-60 year-old men made up 28% of all those who died by suicide in Orange County.
To mitigate these cultural beliefs and encourage those who are struggling to reach out, the "Help is Here" suicide prevention campaign is offering important resources for those who are in pain and don’t know where to turn.
The OC Health Care Agency is providing toolkit materials contained here as downloadable tools you can use to encourage your clients, stakeholders, members, neighbors, friends and followers to visit the helpishereoc.com website and reach out for help. Click the information below to access pre-written social media posts and printable graphics to help you share these key support messages, including:
- Text to cut and paste into newsletters or e-blasts
- Downloadable posters to print and display
- Social media posts to share on Facebook and Twitter
Thank you for supporting this important public awareness campaign. Together, we can get people the free, confidential help they need!
If you or someone you know is in crisis, call 9-1-1 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7 at 800-273-TALK (8255).