September is National Suicide Prevention Month
Suicide has a devastating impact on us all. Risk factors for suicide vary greatly including single life events, longstanding mental health struggles, or the impact of experiencing lifelong trauma, to name a few.
Unaddressed conditions such as depression, anxiety, and substance problems can increase risk for suicide. Most people who take an active role in managing their mental health concerns engage in life’s ups and downs without considering suicide. If you or someone you care for struggle with mental health concerns, talk to someone you trust, or seek professional help.
Important Suicide Prevention related information:
■ As of July 16th, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has changed to 988. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline's 10-digit number — 1-800-273-8255 — will remain active, but calls will be routed to 988. People who call or text the number will be connected to a trained counselor at a crisis center closest to them.
■ At 9pm (EST) on September 13th, PBS is set to air “Facing Suicide”, a film that explores the experience of those impacted by suicide and as well as research being conducted to improve prevention and treatment efforts.
■ Upcoming Luncheon to Raise Awareness in Waterford: September 17th from 12pm-2pm, the American Legion Post 285 is hosting “Breaking Bread with Heroes”; free registration at https://rb.gy/ucammr
-Looking to volunteer for this event? Contact Patti at 878-208-8186 or firstname.lastname@example.org, there’s a need for volunteers to cover shifts on September 15th and 16th from 9am – 5pm for “slicing, dicing, and meal prep” and on September 17th from 7am – 2pm for “cooking for Breaking Bread with Heroes”
■ This years’ American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of the Darkness Walk will be held at Presque Isle Rotary Pavilion at 11am on September 24th.
For more information, please contact:
Contact: Julie Mehlenbacher 814-230-2455 / julieAFSP@gmail.com
Gina Bizzarro (814-504-0175 / ginaAFSP@gmail.com
Robin S Archer Phd
is the founder of Mindful Paths Network, a group supporting counselors in their own private practice missions to provide counseling services for children, adolescents, adults, groups, couples, and families experiencing a wide variety of behavioral and mental health concerns. Mindful Paths Network's newsletter addresses a variety of mental health concerns. This blog is an extension of the newsletter which is not currently available by email request.