September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Suicide rates have been rising in nearly every state, according to the latest Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2016, nearly 45,000 Americans age 10 or older died by suicide. Suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death and is one of just three leading causes that are on the rise.

Suicide is rarely caused by a single factor. Although suicide prevention efforts largely focus on identifying and providing treatment for people with mental health conditions, there are many additional opportunities for prevention.

“Suicide is a leading cause of death for Americans – and it’s a tragedy for families and communities across the country,” said CDC Principal Deputy Director Anne Schuchat, M.D. “From individuals and communities to employers and healthcare professionals, everyone can play a role in efforts to help save lives and reverse this troubling rise in suicide.”

This month is a time to share resources and stories in an effort to shed light on this highly stigmatized issue. We use this month to reach out to those affected by suicide, including those who are left behind and those who have attempted or thought of suicide; to raise awareness and to connect individuals with suicidal ideation to treatment services. For more information about the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Madison County call 315-607-3947.

Facilitating a Suicide Bereavement Support Group

The AFSP, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Facilitator Training Program offers suicide prevention organizers a way to create and facilitate a community support group for suicide loss survivors in the aftermath of a suicide. Three of our Madison County Suicide Prevention Coalition members attended this training at the beginning of August in Massachusetts. They have begun making plans for bringing support services and programs for the bereaved to residents of Madison County. We will keep you updated on when and where these services will start and will ask you to help us promote this valuable service to others.

Celebrate recovery Sept. 14

Please join us to celebrate recovery from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 at the Gorman Community Center, 1081 Northside Shopping Center, Oneida. There will be a screening of the documentary, “Freedom from Addiction.”

Pizza, salad and dessert will be provided.

RSVP to Kari at ksimchik@bridges-mccasa.org or 315.697.3947.

Each September for the past 28 years, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration sponsors National Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders, and celebrate the individuals living in recovery; the 2018 Recovery Month theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community,” explores how integrated care, a strong community, sense of purpose, and leadership contributes to effective treatments that sustain the recovery of persons with mental and substance use disorders.

The observance works to highlight inspiring stories that help thousands of people from all walks of life find the path to hope, health, and wellness. In addition, the materials support the message that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.

Mental and substance use disorders can affect anyone, including teens and adults in Madison County. Our community must remain vigilant and dedicated to the recovery process by helping people address these preventable and treatable conditions, and support individuals in recovery, as well as their family members. We are fortunate that the number of treatment, recovery, peer support and prevention services has grown over the past two years providing a continuum of services to those in need.

Join us for a showing of “The S Word” Sept. 25

The most dangerous word is silence. Speaking the word ‘suicide’ is not the problem; it’s the silence that so often surrounds it.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month

“The S Word,” which will be screened at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, at the Kallet Civic Center Theater (Main Street, Oneida), is a documentary that seeks to amplify the voices of those living after suicide attempts and loss and to raise awareness about suicide prevention and resources. Discussion to follow.

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