September is suicide prevention month. Suicide is a major public health concern and a leading cause of death in the U.S. Although complicated and tragic, suicide is often preventable. Knowing the warning signs for suicide and how to address stigmatized feelings can often help save lives. Talking with people about suicide will not put the idea in their heads, in fact it is often the thing that they need to hear most. It shows that you see their struggle and are there to help. You don’t need special training to prevent suicide, everyone can play a role by learning to recognize the warning signs, showing compassion and offering support.
In this recorded class, you can learn about crisis intervention and strategies for addressing mental health problems with family, friends and co-workers from Island Psychiatry & Behavioral Health Psychiatrist Dr. Paul Hammer. Dr. Hammer explains the seven fundamental principles of suicide ideation as well as adaptive and practical tools for suicidal behavior. Don’t miss this chance to educate and empower yourself on ways you can save a life this month.
Other mental health resources
- National Suicide Prevention Line: 988
- Skagit/Island/San Juan County Crisis Line: 800.584.3578
- Washington Listens: 833.427.4747
- Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
- TeenLink: Text or call 866.833.6546
- Washington Warm Line: 877.500.9276
Published on September 4, 2023