September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September 2016 is also known as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month which helps promote resources and awareness around the issues of suicide prevention, how you can help others and how to talk about suicide without increasing the risk of harm. Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people and is often the result of mental health conditions that effect people when they are most vulnerable. Suicidal thoughts and suicide occur too frequently but should not be considered common and can indicate more serious issues. In many cases the individuals, friends and families affected by suicide are left in dark, feeling shame or stigma that prevents talking openly about issues dealing with suicide. – See more at: http://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Awareness-Events/Suicide-Prevention-Awareness-Month#sthash.hhqrCERU.dpuf

If you are in Crisis, please call the numbers listed below or go to your local ER.

1-800-422-0045-Local Crisis Line-Beltrami, Hubbard & Clearwater Counties
1-800-273-TALK (8255)-National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Texting Crisis Line Text “LIFE” to 61222
TXT4LIFE Link to website

 

What’s going on in the Bemidji area?
Participate locally in different events that raise awareness.

Evergreen is sponsoring the Run/Walk/Skate on September 10th, 2016.
Website for registration and information: http://www.bemidjirunwalkskate.org

Upper Mississippi Mental Health Center is sponsoring a free picnic for the family on Wednesday September 7th, 2016 for suicide prevention awareness.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
3pm to 7pm • UMMHC Parking Lot • Fun for the whole family!
A time for Bemidji and our surrounding communities to unite together and join the fight against suicide. It is a great family event that will include face painting, a bouncy house, masseuse, kettle corn, Cornhole Toss, live music, BSU football players and delicious grilled hot dogs, chips and pop. This is a free will donation event to help support mobile crisis.

Check out their website for more information: www.ummhcmn.org

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month