Suicide Prevention

learn how you can help

August 31, 2017

With the recent passing of both Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington, a conversation has been sparked within the music community and beyond. A conversation that isn’t easy for any of us, but it’s important nonetheless.

Suicide awareness is a very real issue that has affected every single one of us in some way, either directly or indirectly. Some of us have lost friends and family members to suicide, and every single one of us has lost a music icon.

When suicide occurs, it leaves the rest of us in pain and wondering, “Why?” Was there something we could have done or said to help? With so many individuals struggling with metal health issues including PTSD, depression and various forms of abuse, it’s time to realize that we are never alone, help is available and it’s okay to ask for it.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, there are a number of resources available. First and foremost, you should call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. They offer free and confidential support if you are in distress or are looking for prevention and crisis resources.

Looking for additional resources? Here are a few:

What are the warning signs?

Saving the life of someone from suicide depends on our ability to recognize those people who are in distress and may be at risk. The American Association of Suicidology developed a simple tool that is available for everyone to use to remember the warning signs of suicide. This tool is called “IS PATH WARM” and outlines the key points to remember.

I  – Ideation (suicidal thoughts)
S – Substance Abuse

P – Purposelessness
A – Anxiety
T – Trapped
H – Hopelessness/Helplessness

W – Withdrawal
– Anger
R – Recklessness
M – Mood changes

Seattle’s Out of the Darkness Community Walk will take place on Sunday October 22nd at Fisher Pavillion, and you’re invited to walk in honor of someone you’ve lost to suicide or struggling with a mental illness. This event will be filled with understanding, connection and remembrance.

HOT 103.7 is here with you, our family. If you’re looking for more information or know of other suicide prevention resources in the greater Puget Sound area, please send us an email