We can all help prevent suicide. There is hope!
Thursday, April 22nd @ 3:00pm
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Suicide Prevention Coalition meeting & would
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Madison County Suicide Coalition
There is a coalition in this county that has been working to raise awareness and reduce the rate of suicide. They have organized trainings, delivered resource materials, held speaker events, and supported survivors of suicide, among other activities. Members of the coalition and others are working to develop a comprehensive strategic plan for suicide prevention and postvention in Madison County.
Anyone can be struggling with suicide.
Find answers and hope below.
BRiDGES hosts the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Madison County. Suicide is a public health issue in Madison County as it is across the United States. In fact, the rate of suicide in our county exceeds the rate for New York State and the U.S. For every individual who dies by suicide, there are at least 6 others left behind to cope with the loss. Suicide is complicated and tragic but it is often preventable. Knowing the warning signs for suicide and how to get help can help save lives.
For more information call BRiDGES at 315-697-3947.
If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, you can also get help by calling the Suicide Prevention Helpline at 1-800-237-TALK (8255) or go to their website at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
What are some of the warning signs that someone is thinking of suicide?
Isolating from friends, families and activities
Statements of hopelessness, helplessness or worthlessness
Giving away possessions or unusual visits to friends or family to say good-bye
Making statements about wanting to die or ending it all
Having a history of attempts of suicide
Exhibiting signs of depression or drastic changes in behavior or appearance
Never keep it a secret if a friend tells you about a plan to hurt themselves.
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) so that you can find out what resources are available
in your area, or encourage your loved one to call.
If You Know Someone in Crisis
It can be scary when a friend or loved one is thinking about suicide. It's hard to know how a suicidal crisis feels and how to act. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) at any time for help if a friend is struggling.
The toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service is available to everyone. All calls are confidential.
"I went to this Grief Support group after losing a friend by suicide. I was skeptical at first, because I didn't know what to expect... This group is a safe space to talk freely without judgement. I recommend this group to anyone struggling to navigate grief and the emotions that come with it."
24-Hour Suicide Hotline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We're committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, defines connectedness as “the degree to which a person or group is socially close, interrelated, or shares resources with other persons or groups.” In 2011, the CDC adopted promoting connectedness as its strategic direction for preventing suicidal behavior.
Social connections not only improve the quality of one’s life, they can also positively influence physical health. In fact, studies have shown that social connection is a greater determinant to health than obesity, smoking or high blood pressure! Social connectedness does not mean that you have to be face to face with another person or group. It is also the feeling or knowledge that you are understood and connected to others. This connectedness can be with friends, neighbors, co-workers, family, school or social groups, church or other faith based, cultural or community groups. According to the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, “programs and practices that promote social connectedness and support are one element of a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention.”
Obviously, not all connections are healthy ones. It is important for all of us to work in our communities, schools, workplaces and families to promote positive, supportive connections. We can help to develop groups or programs for youth and adults that foster connection; we can strive to help students feel connected to their schools as they are more likely to engage in healthy behaviors and succeed when they feel connected; and we can reach out to those who are hurting or feeling marginalized to let them know that there is a place for them.
For more information about this topic visit: https://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/pdf/ASAP_Suicide_Issue3-a.pdf.
The Coalition is pleased to announce the formation of the Grief Support Group which will support those who have experienced grief after a death by suicide. This will be an opportunity to experience a connection with those who have shared a similar loss. Thank you to three of our coalition members who traveled to Massachusetts last year to be trained to facilitate the group. This is an example of a program designed to promote connectedness. Please share this news with any you feel could benefit.
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