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For the National Suicide Prevention Month 2019, Active Minds released a new set of resources titled V-A-R: Validate, Appreciate, and Refer. In their words, it’s an “everyday guide for everyday challenges,” meaning the model is meant to be intuitive and easy for anyone to support those close to them if they suspect they may be going through a difficult time.
V-A-R is meant to be for non-crisis situations that many people face for more day-to-day struggles. It is a gateway for conversation for a person enduring common troubles to feel that they are heard and that someone is there for them. In the case of someone mentioning how exhausted they are or that they have a lot going on, Active Minds has offered the following steps to be in their suggested order:
In addition to the main V-A-R resource page, there are easy to use tools such as the wallet card to share and use to serve as a reminder of the steps. There are also workshop kits geared towards youth specifically and a general audience, and through inquiry an organization can request a speaker-led training by a representative of Active Minds.
Suicide prevention does not have to be a complex activity as showcased through this model. While V-A-R does not address handling a crisis, it can serve as a buffer to prevent or delay a crisis from occurring. If you or someone you know may be struggling, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text CONNECT to 741741 for Crisis Text line.