Social Media Toolkit

Suicide Prevention

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and National Suicide Prevention week is from September 5th to 11th.

While mental health and suicide awareness is important year-round, for the month of September, we encourage you to promote suicide prevention and education with your networks. With the help of Texas Health and Human Services, we've put together this toolkit with social media posts, resources, and graphics to help raise awareness about the importance of mental health and suicide prevention.

These messages and links can be used as is, or they can be customized in any way that works best for your community by directing to your prevention program’s information.

Keep an eye on the Get Parenting Tips Facebook and Instagram feeds as well for more social media updates.

Dates to Remember: September 5-11 is #NationalSuicidePreventionWeek
https://afsp.org/national-suicide-prevention-week


Sample Social Media Posts

Hashtags: #NationalSuicidePreventionMonth #SuicidePreventionMonth #SuicidePrevention #SuicideAwareness #MentalHealthAwareness #MentalHealthMatters

Parents

  • DYK talking openly about suicidal thoughts and feelings can save a life? National and local mental health services are available for those at risk of suicide.


    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    Call: 800-273-8255 (800-273-TALK)
    suicidepreventionlifeline.org

    Crisis Text Line
    Text: TX to 741-741
    crisistextline.org

    Texas Youth Helpline
    dfps.state.tx.us/youth-helpline
    Call: 1-800-989-6884
    Text: 512-872-5777
    Chat: tinyurl.com/DFPSTXYH

  • Parenting can be stressful, especially right now. But you're not alone! To talk to someone, contact your local FAYS (Family and Youth Success) program:
    getparentingtips.com/local-support
  • Stress can impact the whole family. It is possible to replace anxiety and stress with relaxation. This article can help guide you on how to deal with anxiety and will give you practical ways to relieve stress:
    getparentingtips.com/parents/parenting-stress-and-self-care
  • When it comes to managing parenting stress, taking a break from your kids is not a bad thing. Sometimes it is the best thing you can do. Learn more at GetParentingTips.com and in this parenting stress management video: 
    youtube.com/watch?v=Cc93y5B4UvA
  • It's ok to not be ok, and it's ok to ask for help. It's important to know where you can find resources and support if you or someone in your family is struggling with their mental health. Visit nami.org for resources and contact the suicidepreventionlifeline.org if you need to talk.
  • Are you a Veteran in crisis or concerned about a Veteran in crisis? Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves.
    Call: 1-800-273-8255 (opt 1)
    Text: 838255
    Chat: veteranscrisisline.net

Kids

Pandemic

  • September is #SuicidePreventionMonth. Asking for help or just finding someone to talk to during this time can make a difference for you and your family. Try calling the Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line toll-free at: 833-986-1919. Learn more at: ow.ly/QX3W50ATIvE
  • Emotional fatigue can be hard on the whole family, especially given this past year. Take care of your mental health by talking to someone. Learn how to help care for your family's mental health at GetParentingTips.com and keep this resource card handy when you need to ask for help. getparentingtips.com/parents
    Note: Include the downloadable "COVID-19" resource card or use your preferred mental health resource image.
  • The pandemic has touched us at every level. Ask for help when you need it. Never feel like you're alone, because you aren't! GetParentingTips.com can help with weathering COVID-19:
    getparentingtips.com/parents/weathering-covid-19
  • These uncertain times can take an extra toll on our mental health. If things feel off, don’t be afraid to reach out for yourself or someone you know. Your local FAYS program at getparentingtips.com/local-support and the 24-hour Texas Youth Helpline at tinyurl.com/DFPSTXYH are available to help for free.

Postpartum

  • There is so much joy in welcoming a child into the world, but at the same time you may experience feelings of sadness and anxiety. This is completely normal, and you are not alone! Learn how to cope with "mommy brain" at:
    getparentingtips.com/babies/health/from-pregnancy-brain-to-postpartum
  • Being the parent of a newborn is a wonderful experience, but it can also trigger postpartum depression in some people. Postpartum depression is serious, so always get the help you need. Learn more in this video:
    youtube.com/watch?v=v-a_BcnxGhs
  • Is it the baby blues or something else? More than 15% of Texas women experience postpartum depression, and it’s the #1 complication from childbirth. Learn more in this video:
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCzV5qU5ITQ

Sample Images

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Two ladies out for a walk in nature. Text: Self-care can help you & your family. GetParentingTips.com
Two kids with their backs to each other, looking frustrated. Text: It's OK to not be ok. Talking can help. GetParentingTips.com
Parents sitting on a couch looking frustrated. Text: Need parenting stress & self-care tips? GetParentingTips.com
A mom with a baby who is crying. Text: Is it the baby blues or something else? GetParentingTips.com

Resource Cards

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The Texas Youth Helpline home page phone number, text and chat info.
An English language flyer for the toll-free COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line (833)986-1919 from the Texas Health and Human Services. It includes how to help, how to act, phone numbers and training info.
American flag over the state of Texas, with the words: Texas Veterans Suicide Prevention & PTSD Awareness
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK(8255). SuicidePreventionLifeline.org

Resources

Suicide Prevention

24/7 Toll-Free Helplines