Mental Health Minute
September 2019 Edition
September is Suicide Prevention Month
1. LEARN ABOUT EFFECTIVE SUICIDE PREVENTION by watching and sharing a brief video overview of SPRC’s Effective Suicide Prevention Model: http://www.sprc.org/micro-learning/effective-suicide-prevention
2. ENGAGE people with lived experience in your prevention efforts using these resources:
- A brief video explaining lived experience http://www.sprc.org/micro-learning/leah-harris-livedexperience-what-it-how-include-it
- A toolkit to involve people with lived experience in prevention efforts http://www.sprc.org/livedexperiencetoolkit/about
- A lived experience story about what makes a difference http://www.sprc.org/micro-learning/lived-experience-storyabout-what-makes-difference
3. EMPOWER EVERYONE to help prevent suicide by promoting:
- Information and resources tailored to the multiple settings where people live, work, and receive care http://www.sprc.org/settings
- Customized information sheets to help people in a variety of roles recognize and respond to those at risk for suicide http://www.sprc.org/resources-programs/customizedinformation-series
4. JOIN the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s (Action Alliance) collective #BeThere messaging effort:
- Use #BeThere and #SPM19 on Twitter to educate the public about the many ways to support those who are struggling https://twitter.com/search?vertical=default&q=%23BeThere &src=typd
- Visit the Action Alliance’s #BeThere webpage to learn more https://theactionalliance.org/bethere
- Sign up to receive updates from the Action Alliance https://theactionalliance.org/join-our-mailing-list?email=
5. ENCOURAGE faith communities to join the Action Alliance’s National Weekend of Prayer for Faith, Hope, & Life [prayfaithhopelife.org]:
- Watch the video to learn more https://theactionalliance.org/faith-hope-life/watch
- Pledge your commitment to participating in the National Weekend of Prayer https://theactionalliance.org/communities/faith-communities
- Spread the word about the National Weekend of Prayer https://theactionalliance.org/communities/faith-communities
6. CREATE SAFE AND EFFECTIVE MESSAGES for the public that promote hope, recovery, and resilience using the Framework for Successful Messaging http://suicidepreventionmessaging.org
7. ENCOURAGE HELP-SEEKING by spreading the word about these crisis services:
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free, confidential, 24/7 support by phone [1-800-273-TALK (8255)] or online chat http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
- Crisis Text Line provides free, confidential, 24/7 support by text [text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the U.S.] https://www.crisistextline.org
8. SUPPORT the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s (Lifeline) #BeThe1To movement by learning the five steps that can save a life and sharing them with others:
(1) ask, (2) keep them safe, (3) be there, (4) help them connect, and (5) follow up http://www.bethe1to.com/join
9. EXPLORE WAYS to #BeThere for a veteran or service member—whether you have one minute, one hour, or more—with resources from the Veterans Crisis Line https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/BeThereSupport.aspx
10. TAKE FIVE MINUTES to complete five action items developed by the National Council for Suicide Prevention (NCSP) for their Take 5 to Save Lives campaign: (1) learn the signs, (2) do your part, (3) practice self-care, (4) reach out, and (5) spread the word https://www.take5tosavelives.org/take-5-steps
11. ON SEPTEMBER 10, GET INVOLVED IN
- World Suicide Prevention Day using ideas from the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) https://www.iasp.info/wspd2019
- National American Indian/Alaska Native Hope for Life Day using the Action Alliance toolkit https://theactionalliance.org/communities/american-indian-alaska-native
12. PARTICIPATE in a National Suicide Prevention Week event hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) https://afsp.org
13. PROMOTE Suicide Prevention Awareness Month using materials from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), such as crisis and information resources and social media content https://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Awareness-Events/Suicide-Prevention-Awareness-Month
14. INFORM THE MEDIA that they play an important role in suicide prevention by sharing the Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide with print, online, radio, and television media contacts http://reportingonsuicide.org
15. SHARE RESOURCES that promote healing:
- A Journey Toward Health & Hope Handbook for Recovery after a Suicide Attempt https://store.samhsa.gov/system/files/sma15-4419.pdf
- Resources related to survivors of suicide loss http://www.sprc.org/populations/suicide-loss http://www.suicidology.org/suicide-survivors/suicide-loss-survivors https://afsp.org/find-support/ive-lost-someone
Local Opportunity - Hope for Today (Suicide Prevention) Training
Please join Communities That Care as we host the Alliance for Suicide Prevention with a Hope for Today Training. Hope For Today is a free adult suicide education program that discusses national and local statistics, stigma, warning signs, local resources, and what to do if you or someone you know needs support. Hope For Today is led by survivors of suicide loss and survivors of suicide attempts who also share their lived experience with suicide.
No need to print your RSVP day of, just show up. We are using these RSVPs to anticipate room set up and the amount of food we need to order. A pizza lunch from Poppy's with vegetarian options will be provided. If you have additional dietary needs please feel free to bring a brown bag lunch.
Date & Time: Friday, September 20, 2019 - 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Estes Valley Library, Hondius Room, 335 East Elkhorn Ave
As Seen in the News...
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Read the article here: https://www.eptrail.com/2019/08/27/inside-people-rudy-and-hannah-epsds-mental-health-duo/