Suicide Prevention Newsletter
Quarterly Update/December 2023
🎄Happy Holidays from the Wood County SPC🎄
From the SPC here in Wood County, we wish everyone a safe a Merry Christmas.
We know not everyone feels holly and bright during Christmas time. Please seek help if you are struggling this year. The crisis line is available from calling 419-502-HOPE, because there is always...HOPE.🎗️
Some tips for your mental health this holiday season from the National Council on Mental WellBeing...
40% of U.S. adults face a mental health or substance use challenge, making a complicated holiday season even more difficult time for many people. Regardless of whether you are living with a mental health challenge or know someone who is, you can take steps to prepare for the holidays and prioritize your mental health in the coming week
Use these tips to get started:
- Manage your expectations. Remember that this year is different and may not feel like the holiday season we are used to. Whether you are sharing a meal over Zoom or sending well wishes to family across the country, managing your expectations for yourself and others will help you stay positive. Give yourself and those around you some grace – none of us have been through a time like this before, and we’re all trying to balance staying safe with feeling “normal.”
- Pull back when you need to. If, at any point, you feel overwhelmed or anxious, know that it’s perfectly fine to take a step back. Healthy boundaries are necessary for your mental health. Practicing self-care can also help soothe feelings of anxiety or stress. Take a walk, watch a funny movie, or meditate.
- Reach out to loved ones. In times like this, living in a digital age can feel like a saving grace. Stay connected with your loved ones via text, social media, video or phone. Make yourself available for those you cannot see in person and offer your support to loved ones who may be struggling — a simple text or email can make a difference.
- Monitor your moods. The “holiday blues” are real, so it is important to stay in tune with how you’re feeling. It can be easy to put others before yourself during the holiday season but remember that how you’re feeling matters too. Practicing mindfulness, journaling, or even rating how you feel every day can help you better understand your emotions. Pay attention to what makes you happy and incorporate it into your daily life. And remember: It’s OK to not be OK, and you’re not alone.
- Ask for help. If the holidays become more than you can handle, don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help. Talk to a loved one, trusted peer, or even your primary care physician about how you’re feeling. If you notice a family member or loved one having a difficult time, encourage them to seek help too.
Knowing What 988 Is...And What it Isn't💡
- With the adoption of any new system it is essential that the field has an accurate and consistent understanding of 988 services and how it fits into the broader ecosystem of other crisis support services—such as 911, 211, warmlines, and other local crisis call centers. This looks different in each community, which is why it’s important you work alongside local implementers of 988 to better understand how these services work together at the local level.
- 988 services are distinct and separate from the emergency medical and public safety response associated with 911. 988 crisis counselors are trained to use the least invasive interventions, when possible, and oftentimes the call, text, or chat itself is the only intervention needed. However, ongoing coordination—at the federal, state, and local levels—between 988 and 911 will help individuals in crisis get the appropriate support they need, such as deploying mobile crisis teams or social workers in place of police or EMS responders, when needed and where available.
- Concerns about a potential law enforcement response may be a prominent consideration and potential barrier that prevents some communities (such as Black, Latino, or immigrant communities—among others) from utilizing 988. This is why understanding the needs of the audiences you are messaging to and whether your state or territory has mobile crisis teams (as opposed to police or EMS) available to respond if a crisis warrants follow-up care, will be key.
- Finally, once again it is important to remember that the adoption of 988 is an important first step in reimagining crisis support in our country, but it is not the final step. Transition to 988 is an opportunity for states and territories to reimagine their crisis service provision, and to ensure adequate financing for key services, such as crisis call centers, mobile crisis response teams, and crisis stabilization services.
For a partner toolkit, please visit: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/988/partner-toolkit
DECEMBER IS NATIONAL SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER AWARENESS MONTH
Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a condition in which some people experience a significant mood change when the seasons change. SAD is not considered a separate disorder but is a type of depression. Be sure to talk to your health care provider or mental health specialist if you are concerned and think you may be living with SAD. For more information, please visit the National Institute of Mental Health's website: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/seasonal-affective-disorder
Next quarterly meeting
Thursday, Feb 8, 2024, 04:00 PM
1250 Ridgewood Drive, Bowling Green, OH, USA
The SPC is going through a facelift!
We are working to update our look and brand! For years now, the SPC has sported the lime green logo reminiscent of the 90's. At the start of the new fiscal year in July of 2024, we will begin using our new and updated logo that represents the colors of suicide prevention, the appropriate ribbon as well as being specific to Wood County. We hope you love it!
Adult Subcommittee Chair-Aimee Coe
This is a new committee this year and the biggest plan is having a walk/run to raise awareness in the spring! To join this committee, get in touch with Aimee at 419-352-8475 X222
Kids Subcommittee Chair-Kaylee Smith
This committee is all about the kids and young families! They put on an impressive resiliencey jubilee in early summer and need lots of help in pulling off this exciting event! Get in touch with Kaylee at 419-352-8475, X227
Young Adults Subcommitte Chairs-Courtney Rice and Ashley Hartman.
This committee is hard at work connecting with the young adults and college aged community. They do fun and informational videos and are involved with a lot of technnology to reach this age! Check out our facebook page to see some of their work! To get in touch with Courtney, contact her at 419-352-0626 or Ashley at 419-372-4584.
Check out our new videos created by the Young Adult Subcommittee!
📢Free Support Group
Contact Jodi Chappuis at Unison 419-352-4624 for more information.