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It’s National Suicide Prevention Week – #BeThe1To Help Save a Life

Stage Directions • Industry NewsTheatre Buzz • September 7, 2020

As our industry continues to be largely shut down, entertainment industry workers are dealing with increased levels of depression and anxiety and many are struggling to maintain their mental and emotional wellbeing. Joblessness, isolation, and worry about the future are all contributing to the negative impact on mental health. The reality is that many are not coping well, and reports of suicide are on the rise.

National Suicide Prevention Week, September 6 – 12, 2020 is an opportunity to learn what can you do to help colleagues or family and friends you are concerned about, as well as find resources that may help you today or in the future. Visit see the warning signs of suicide, because the more familiar you are with the signs the more likely you are to recognize them. Then learn about the 5 Steps you can take to help keep someone safe: Ask, Be There, Keep Them Safe, Help Them Connect, and Follow Up. Practical guidance and situational examples are provided for each of the five steps.

Most people want to help if they see someone at risk for suicide but they don’t know what to say or do, or are afraid they will make things worse or damage their relationship with the person, especially in the workplace. Evidence shows this is not the case and it is critical to reach out. can give you the tools and resources you need to not be afraid to step up and potentially save a life.

Help spread the word across our industry—we can all help save lives if we know what to look for and follow the simple 5 Steps. Remember, being alone is not the same as feeling alone—reach out if you are concerned about someone and BeThe1To. Posters of the warning signs and the 5 Steps are available on the site for download in multiple sizes and in English, Spanish and French.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text 741741.

Behind the Scenes has come together with other concerned organizations and individuals to create the Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Initiative. A series of tools and resources has been developed to not only help you but also assist you in helping your colleagues, friends, and family.

Find links to more tools and resources and information about the initiative at
Further information and resources from National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:


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