September is Suicide Prevention Month: What We All Can Do to Help Save Lives
September is Suicide Prevention Month, and National Suicide Prevention Week is this week. Together, we can help #StopSuicide.
Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the United States. Sadly, I know several people and families who have been affected by suicide, and chances are, that you have as well. On Sunday, November 5th I will be participating in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness Community Middlesex County Walk at Thompson Park in Jamesburg, New Jersey. You can join me to help raise awareness and let people know that they’re not alone. All of the funds raised support research, education, advocacy, and support for those who are affected by suicide.
The Out of the Darkness Community Walk is a journey of remembrance, hope, and support. It unites our communities and provides an opportunity to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental health conditions have affected our lives and the lives of those we love and care about.
Along with our participation in the walk, there are many things we can do to help prevent suicide. You can join a local AFSP chapter, there’s one in each of the 50 states. Then along with other volunteers, you can raise awareness and funds and spread hope through local programs, activities, and events like the AFSP walk.
The Interactive Screening Program (ISP) is a customized platform that starts a confidential conversation that in many cases leads people to get the support they need to survive. Even when people know about available mental health services, shame, fear, and embarrassment often prevent them from seeking help. ISP provides a safe and confidential way for people to talk away the dark by taking a brief screening for stress, depression, and other mental health conditions. They receive a personal response from a program counselor within the mental health services available to them – ISP helps resolve peoples’ resistance to seeking mental health services.
Last fall, New Jersey saw 6,534 walkers and raised more than $1.1 million. Please accept my invitation to join my team for the AFSP Walk or simply make a small donation to help save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. You can sign up or donate here.
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