Mental Health Minute

September 2019 Edition

September is Suicide Prevention Month

Ideas for Action from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center:

1. LEARN ABOUT EFFECTIVE SUICIDE PREVENTION by watching and sharing a brief video overview of SPRC’s Effective Suicide Prevention Model:

2. ENGAGE people with lived experience in your prevention efforts using these resources:

3. EMPOWER EVERYONE to help prevent suicide by promoting:

4. JOIN the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s (Action Alliance) collective #BeThere messaging effort:

5. ENCOURAGE faith communities to join the Action Alliance’s National Weekend of Prayer for Faith, Hope, & Life []:

6. CREATE SAFE AND EFFECTIVE MESSAGES for the public that promote hope, recovery, and resilience using the Framework for Successful Messaging

7. ENCOURAGE HELP-SEEKING by spreading the word about these crisis services:

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

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

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


12. PARTICIPATE in a National Suicide Prevention Week event hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)

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

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

15. SHARE RESOURCES that promote healing:

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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Mass Violence in America: Causes, Impacts and Solutions

Last month, the Medical Director Institute of the National Council for Behavioral Health released, “Mass Violence in America: Causes, Impacts and Solutions,” a comprehensive response following recent episodes of mass violence. For the first time, this groundbreaking report examines the reasons, contributing factors and actionable solutions surrounding mass violence in America through the lens of behavioral health.

In the wake of these extraordinary tragedies, policymakers and the public are quick to raise the specter of mental illness as a major contributing factor. According to the report, “people with serious mental illness are responsible for less than 4 percent of all violence and less than one-third of mass violence.” Statistics bear out that most people who commit mass violence do not have a serious mental illness.

To dispel misconceptions and uncover the real issues surrounding mass violence, MDI convened a diverse panel of experts, including clinicians who treat individuals with mental illnesses and substance use disorders, administrators, policymakers, researchers, educators, advocates, law enforcement personnel, judges, FBI personnel and parents to conduct an evidence-based analysis of mass violence.

Reducing the frequency of mass violence does not lie with one group or entity; it requires cooperation among multiple national systems and institutions, including the health care, law enforcement, judicial, correctional and school systems, as well as government and community leaders and officials.

Taken from:

Colorado’s trailblazing Safe2Tell system needs significant upgrades, lawmakers say

Police respond to suicidal teens instead of counselors under the current system, which is among the reasons leaders are looking to Utah for ideas on how to improve.

Read the article here:

Inside People: Rudy and Hannah, EPSD’s mental health duo

Thank you to the Estes Park Trail Gazette for taking the time to share the story of Rudy and I beginning our work together here in Estes Park School District.

Read the article here:

Self-Care September

September 2019: Daily actions to help you be kinder to yourself (as well as others)

"Self-care is not selfish. You can't pour from an empty cup."

You can download it as an image file for sharing via social media or a PDF file for printing. Pass on to others and help to spread the word

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Hannah Heckerson, M.Ed., NCC, LPCC

I am a professional that believes in the empowerment of youth to create meaningful change in this world. The majority of my time is serving Estes students (and families) through direct service, case collaboration, and case management. I support staff through education, consultation, and resource referrals. I also work with community providers for wrap-around support for individual cases, community events, group offerings, and mental health crisis preparation.