Mental health awareness – Il Faro Della Vita http://ilfarodellavita.com/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 17:42:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://ilfarodellavita.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/cropped-icon-32x32.png Mental health awareness – Il Faro Della Vita http://ilfarodellavita.com/ 32 32 Company trains 200 immigration officers on mental health – The Sun Nigeria https://ilfarodellavita.com/company-trains-200-immigration-officers-on-mental-health-the-sun-nigeria/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 17:42:36 +0000 https://ilfarodellavita.com/company-trains-200-immigration-officers-on-mental-health-the-sun-nigeria/ By TONY JOHN, Port Harcourt The Instinct Resource Services (IRS) Limited trained 200 Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) officers across the country on Mental Health Awareness. The training, which concluded in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on the topic of mental health awareness, emotional intelligence and the effect of psychoactive substance for exceptional productivity, was part of […]]]>

By TONY JOHN, Port Harcourt

The Instinct Resource Services (IRS) Limited trained 200 Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) officers across the country on Mental Health Awareness.

The training, which concluded in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on the topic of mental health awareness, emotional intelligence and the effect of psychoactive substance for exceptional productivity, was part of the efforts of the Comptroller General of the NIS, Mr. Idris Isah Jere, to improve the productivity of the officers and men of the service.

IRS Director General, Mr. Ayuba Fagbemi, in a statement on Monday, lamented that despite being an integral part of well-being, mental health was being neglected in the country.

Citing statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO), Fagbemi said that globally, 450 million people suffer from mental disorders and 25% of the population are thought to suffer from mental illnesses at some point in their lives. life.

He said research has also shown that emotional intelligence is almost 90% of what sets high achievers apart and warned of the negative effects of psychoactive drugs.

He said, “The Nigerian Immigration Service and its current leadership under the Comptroller General, Idris Isa Jere, is strategically positioned and has invested in equipping its staff with the right skills and motivating them to deliver outstanding performance.”

He said the training equipped officers with workplace emotional intelligence skills to enhance teamwork; how to identify symptoms of mental disorders; know the harmful effects of psychoactive drugs on bodily systems and understand how to promote mental well-being in the workplace.

In his remarks, State Immigration Comptroller (CIS), AJ. Kwasau, said the training was initiated to ensure officers know how to take care of their mental health and stay productive in carrying out their daily activities.

Citing the National Bureau of Statistics, Kwasau said an average of 50 million people suffered from mental illnesses and attributed cases of suicide, murder, anger, depression and drug addiction to such conditions.

He said: “We all have a responsibility as officers and men of the Nigerian Immigration Service to protect our great nation at all points of entry and exit, to communicate and manage people of all regions of the world.

“It is important to note that mentally sound and stable personnel are required to be able to carry out our statutory duties as guardians of the country. It is for this reason that the service has found it necessary to train officers on how to take care of their mental health and stay productive in their daily activities.

He said the capacity building program would help NIS officers and men improve their interpersonal relationships, level of self-awareness, personal motivation and emotional disposition.

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Clint Malarchuk, suicide survivor and mental health advocate, aims to break the stigma of mental illness https://ilfarodellavita.com/clint-malarchuk-suicide-survivor-and-mental-health-advocate-aims-to-break-the-stigma-of-mental-illness/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 12:33:00 +0000 https://ilfarodellavita.com/clint-malarchuk-suicide-survivor-and-mental-health-advocate-aims-to-break-the-stigma-of-mental-illness/ Clint Malarchuk takes action to advocate for mental health using its expertise, experience and a bestselling book to help and save lives with mental illness NEW YORK, September 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — As the stigma of mental illness continues to challenge the world, Clint Malarchuk is a man who goes above and beyond to raise […]]]>

Clint Malarchuk takes action to advocate for mental health using its expertise, experience and a bestselling book to help and save lives with mental illness

NEW YORK, September 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — As the stigma of mental illness continues to challenge the world, Clint Malarchuk is a man who goes above and beyond to raise awareness about mental health and reach out to those who are suffering. A former NHL goaltender who nearly lost his life after a freak accident on the ice, he involuntarily suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, which led to a suicide attempt two decades later. As he experienced another chance, Clint looked back on the difficult challenges he had to overcome and used his learnings to help others find strength in adversity.

“Don’t pull the trigger like I did,” Clint said of his battle with PTSD, depression, anxiety and addiction. He worked alongside the journalist Dan Robson and published a book in America, The Crazy Game: How I Survived The Fold and Beyond and published the same book in Canada but with a different title, A Matter of Inches: How I Survived the Fold and Beyond, illustrating his struggle with anxiety, depression and alcoholism. “People need to realize that they are not alone and that they can improve themselves by seeking help. There is no guilt or shame in asking for help,” Clint revealed. Since the pandemic began, Clint has seen more people struggling with mental health issues and stressed that she needs attention more than ever.

Despite being an accomplished man with many accolades, he wasn’t afraid to be honest about his struggles. “I have been in the darkest black, suffering in silence. I want people to know that they are not alone. However, getting better can be difficult because of the stigma. We need to break and change this state of mind.” Clint has spoken at various events to inspire and raise awareness about mental health. Currently working with a non-profit organization to help veterans and athletes with mental health and addiction issues; his passion for helping others continues to touch and change thousands of lives for the better.

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Helpline Center, Avera partner for Project 437 to raise awareness about suicide prevention https://ilfarodellavita.com/helpline-center-avera-partner-for-project-437-to-raise-awareness-about-suicide-prevention/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 12:38:32 +0000 https://ilfarodellavita.com/helpline-center-avera-partner-for-project-437-to-raise-awareness-about-suicide-prevention/ With a mission to boost both physical and mental well-being, an inaugural event, The 437 Project, consists of a team of 12 runners who will run 437 relay-style miles across the state of South Dakota, raising funds and awareness for suicide prevention. Each year, more than 48,000 people in the United States die by suicide, […]]]>

With a mission to boost both physical and mental well-being, an inaugural event, The 437 Project, consists of a team of 12 runners who will run 437 relay-style miles across the state of South Dakota, raising funds and awareness for suicide prevention. Each year, more than 48,000 people in the United States die by suicide, leaving behind thousands of loved ones to endure this life-changing loss.

Janet Kittams, Executive Director of the Helpline Center, is advocating for this partnership on behalf of everyone in South Dakota. “Connecting people to mental health support and hope is at the heart of the Helpline Center’s mission. We are proud to be part of Project 437 to raise awareness for mental health and suicide prevention throughout South Dakota.

Tomorrow (September 22, 2022), the team of 12 community leaders will begin the 437-mile race from Belle Fourche to Sioux Falls. The race will end on Sunday. The team of 12 community leaders includes:

  • Kristen DeBerg | Cardiovascular Genetic Counselor, Sanford Health
  • Lesley Fite Boltjes | Registered Nurse, Sanford Hospital
  • ryan flogstad | Sergeant, Sioux Falls Police Department
  • Wendy Johnson | Director of Client Services, Electric Paste
  • Greg Koch | Owner and Founder, 605 Running Co.
  • Benson Langat | Therapist, Family Service, Inc.
  • Dr. Whitney Lucas Molitor | Assistant Professor, University of South Dakota
  • Kelly Marshall | Account Risk Manager, Risk Administration Services
  • Alex Pool | Integration Manager, The Helpline Center
  • Matt Smith | Market President, Dacotah Bank in Sioux Falls
  • Paul Ten Haken | Mayor of Sioux Falls
  • Allison Weber | Relationship Manager, Fiserv

As the presenting sponsor of Project 437, Avera continues to lead efforts to educate about the warning signs and raise awareness about suicide prevention in South Dakota. Avera provides inpatient and outpatient services, in addition to other mental health resources, to those who need it most. Matthew Stanley, DO, Avera’s Clinical Vice President for Behavioral Health said, “We thank the 437 Project for this important outreach effort. Avera asks the public to learn the warning signs of suicide and help us save lives through kind and compassionate conversations with loved ones. We have a great new prevention resource at 988. People can call or text anytime to be connected with suicide prevention experts.

For more information about the 437 Project, visit the437project.org.

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Blake Anderson and USU Football Announce Mental Health Awareness Campaign https://ilfarodellavita.com/blake-anderson-and-usu-football-announce-mental-health-awareness-campaign/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 21:21:22 +0000 https://ilfarodellavita.com/blake-anderson-and-usu-football-announce-mental-health-awareness-campaign/ September 19, 2022 at 3:21 p.m. Editor’s Note: This article contains content related to suicide and mental health issues. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues, you can contact Counseling and Psychology Services on campus at 435.797.1012 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988. LOGAN — “Mental health matters. […]]]>

Editor’s Note: This article contains content related to suicide and mental health issues. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues, you can contact Counseling and Psychology Services on campus at 435.797.1012 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988.

LOGAN — “Mental health matters. I encourage you if you or someone you know is hurting – step up, speak up and do whatever you can to help them find the resources they need. Keeping silent is too expensive.

Utah State head coach Blake Anderson announced in a video message Monday that Utah State Football is dedicating this week’s football game against UNLV to mental health awareness.

In February, Cason Anderson, one of Blake Anderson’s sons, committed suicide.

“Our lives changed forever on February 28, 2022, just six months ago,” Anderson said. “When a phone call from my brother on a Monday morning told me that Cason didn’t show up for work that morning and no one could find him.”

Cason’s family had contacted him in the days before his death. On Thursday, Blake had a chat where they were joking and having fun. On Friday night, Cason played video games with his brother and his friends and even told them he wanted to play games again the next day.

“He was always the biggest smile in the room. The biggest laugh in the room. Always the joker, always the sarcastic joker. This Cason was just Cason. But somewhere in the middle of the night when everyone was gone, Cason went to a place so dark he didn’t want to do it anymore. He didn’t want to be here anymore and he committed suicide. And my brother must have called me and told me we found Cason. He left. He committed suicide. »

“Our lives were forever changed that morning. Part of me and part of our family was gone. He’s never coming back. The questions are all that’s left of why didn’t I see him? How could I have -I could have helped more? What could I have done? I mean, he never let any of us know. There were no red flags. There were no signs. harbinger. He always made sure to tell you that he was fine. If you’re in pain. If you’re dealing with dark thoughts. If you’re depressed. If you’re dealing with grief so heavy that you don’t don’t know what to do with it, don’t hesitate to contact us. There are people around you who want to help you. There are people God has put in your life who want to carry your burden. They would much rather carry your burden rather than carrying your coffin.

During the video, Anderson reached out to the audience and encouraged them to support the team in their efforts to help those struggling and to raise awareness.

“We would love for you to join us and support this cause and hopefully help those in need,” Anderson said.

In the video, Anderson also talked about how he viewed mental health growing up.

“I’m probably not much different from most guys my age,” Anderson said. “I grew up in a time and a time when as a man you didn’t show you were in pain. You didn’t show you were in pain or you didn’t cry. It was the mentality of getting ready, dusting off, taping, getting back to work.

Anderson’s recent trials with mental health began when his wife Wendy Anderson was diagnosed with breast cancer. She passed away in 2019.

“Grief has settled into (for) my family in a way we’ve never seen before,” Anderson said. “We didn’t really know what to do with it, so we leaned on Christ. Our faith is in him. We leaned on the people around us whom God had placed in our path. And honestly, I kind of took the same approach that you get up, dust yourself off, and keep taking a step.

After this tragedy, Anderson’s father died six months later. A year later, her brother was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer.

The Aggies will face the Rebels on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Maverik Stadium. You can listen to the game on Aggie Radio 92.3 FM.

To hear Anderson tell his story himself, watch the video below.

Featured image from the 2021 game at UNLV. Photo by Bailey Rigby.




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The Alan Hu Foundation to Host Webinar on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy | New https://ilfarodellavita.com/the-alan-hu-foundation-to-host-webinar-on-cognitive-behavioral-therapy-new/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 06:02:30 +0000 https://ilfarodellavita.com/the-alan-hu-foundation-to-host-webinar-on-cognitive-behavioral-therapy-new/ With fewer pharmaceutical treatment options recommended for young people than for adults, talk-based therapies offer a wider range of choices for younger patients, with less risk of side effects. “Fortunately, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is an empirically supported psychosocial intervention for depression in young people,” Friedberg said. “This webinar will discuss common signs of depression in […]]]>

With fewer pharmaceutical treatment options recommended for young people than for adults, talk-based therapies offer a wider range of choices for younger patients, with less risk of side effects.

“Fortunately, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is an empirically supported psychosocial intervention for depression in young people,” Friedberg said. “This webinar will discuss common signs of depression in young people, ways to identify these symptoms, and an overview of what parents and young people can expect from CBT-focused treatment.”

The Alan Hu Foundation is a non-profit organization that was founded to raise awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues, as well as to support research into treatment options. It was created by Xiaofang Chen and Chih-Ching Hu in memory of their son Alan Hu, who died by suicide aged 15 in 2018 after mental health issues.

“His pain was real and unbearable, but it was invisible,” Chen told the foundation’s website. “There was no thermometer to show a fever, no imaging to show a lump inside and no blood test to show an elevated white blood cell count.”

The foundation specifically seeks to address issues with existing mental health care practices that Chen says led to his son’s death.

“Mental disorders are far from uncommon, but talking about them is rare,” Chen said. “They frighten people because we understand them too little. People overcame many other illnesses because skilled health care providers and appropriate treatments were available. The same will happen with mental illnesses when people start talking about them, paying attention to understanding them and understanding them better. »

The free webinar featuring Friedberg is scheduled for September 21 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. A meet-and-greet link is available by registering here.

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Suicide Prevention Week promotes peer awareness https://ilfarodellavita.com/suicide-prevention-week-promotes-peer-awareness/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 22:37:47 +0000 https://ilfarodellavita.com/suicide-prevention-week-promotes-peer-awareness/ By KOLTON MATUREY matureyk@lopers.unk.edu For Suicide Prevention Week, Rae of Hope and Student Health of McKenna showed their support for student mental health and wellbeing. On Tuesday morning, they hosted Messages of Hope at Cope Fountain for students to write encouraging messages to their peers. During this event, McKenna’s Rae of Hope also gave students […]]]>

By KOLTON MATUREY

matureyk@lopers.unk.edu

For Suicide Prevention Week, Rae of Hope and Student Health of McKenna showed their support for student mental health and wellbeing. On Tuesday morning, they hosted Messages of Hope at Cope Fountain for students to write encouraging messages to their peers.

During this event, McKenna’s Rae of Hope also gave students the opportunity to sign up for Project Bandana.

“On my backpack I have a green bandana tied on it. And that kind of represents that I’m open to talking about mental health and suicide openly, without judgment or gimmicks and I’ve taken resources,” said said Connor Morrison, a Pi Kappa Alpha rep who works with McKenna’s Rae of Hope.

The Bandana Project is a nationwide movement that specifically asks students to take a more interactive role in suicide prevention. The project gives these students the opportunity to have a green bandana on them to show that they are equipped to have these kinds of non-judgmental conversations.

“I know the Green Bandana project is a bit national. There are many different projects on universities. So it’s just a good idea to introduce it here,” said Connor Morrison.

On Thursday, students had a second opportunity to learn about the Bandana Project at Brewed Awakening at West Center, while enjoying a free coffee funded by Student Health.

There, Jordan McCoy, Promotion and Prevention Coordinator, and Ashley Roemmich, President of Peer Health Education spoke with students about the future of mental health on campus.

“Obviously I drink a lot of coffee and I think it’s a huge way for people to connect and there’s like a huge community in there,” Roemmich said.

As Suicide Prevention Week is over, Rae of Hope and Student Health at McKenna are creating an on-campus organization to get students more involved in mental health awareness and suicide prevention.

The organization called Lopes for Hope will bring more students into the conversation about mental health. Students from this organization will be certified in different areas, including suicide prevention and resources. They can also help guide their peers in the right direction.

As the process of establishing the organization on campus is still ongoing, Rae of Hope and Student Health at McKenna are still open to students for assistance. The Suicide Prevention Lifeline is also available 24 hours a day at its new number 988.

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Buncrana selected to take part in new mental health awareness initiative – Highland Radio https://ilfarodellavita.com/buncrana-selected-to-take-part-in-new-mental-health-awareness-initiative-highland-radio/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 05:25:37 +0000 https://ilfarodellavita.com/buncrana-selected-to-take-part-in-new-mental-health-awareness-initiative-highland-radio/ Buncrana is one of only three towns in Ireland to take part in a unique mental health awareness project, ‘One Good Community’. An information session is taking place in the Buncrana office of the Inishowen Development Partnership tonight at 7pm to discuss the events and organizations available in the Buncrana area. One Good Community is […]]]>

Buncrana is one of only three towns in Ireland to take part in a unique mental health awareness project, ‘One Good Community’.

An information session is taking place in the Buncrana office of the Inishowen Development Partnership tonight at 7pm to discuss the events and organizations available in the Buncrana area.

One Good Community is a pilot initiative of the national youth mental health charity, Jigsaw, the exclusive charity partner of Lidl Ireland, and hosted locally by Inishowen Development Partnership.

The goal of the program is to showcase and highlight the various classes, activities, events and services that operate in and around Buncrana that help promote positive mental health among young adults and their families and friends.

The program will run throughout the month of
October and will focus on the activities of the five-day framework for positive mental health,
simple themes that include: Get Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning, Connect and Give.

Aisling Sheehy, Project Manager at IDP, says, “There are many fantastic club activities, initiatives, classes, classes and volunteer services taking place at Buncrana that help support our mental health.

“This is a great opportunity to shine a light on all the activities coming up in October, while demonstrating why Buncrana deserves to be officially recognized as ‘One Good Community’.

Suggested activities can range from physical activities/exercise classes, community or charity walks/runs/hikes, mindfulness workshops, coffee mornings, sea swimming, wellness talks and
workshops, street cleanings or art exhibitions.

The group asks those who propose such initiatives, or even if you are interested in organizing an event, to please come to the
briefing session”.

Damien Coyle, Jigsaw Service Manager, adds: “Jigsaw Donegal is delighted to continue working with Inishowen Development Partnership. It was this connection that put Buncrana at the forefront of our thinking when selecting a city to pilot our new One Good Community initiative.

“During the month of October, we hope the general public will come together to promote all that is so wonderful about this city.”

Shauna McClenaghan, Co-CEO of IDP, explains: “We have partnered with Jigsaw since its inception in Donegal and have facilitated awareness of Inishowen for the past 10 years supporting young people in our community and around Inishowen.

“IDP is delighted to be working with Jigsaw and Lidl on this new project for Buncrana as a pilot area; it provides a unique opportunity for the region to highlight the means and supports that are available in the city for our young people and their families to
promote positive mental health and well-being”.

“Jigsaw and IDP invite all of the local community, volunteer groups, social enterprises and Buncrana businesses to attend a brief information session (details below) to find out how we as a community can come together to show the variety of events available that can help our community take
every day, simple gestures to boost our mental health.

Date: Tuesday, September 13, 2022
Location: Inishowen Development Partnership, St. Mary’s Roads, Buncrana Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

For more information or to reserve your place, please email: aisling@inishowen.ie or barry@inishowen.ie

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Volleyball No. 23 defeats LSU in four sets https://ilfarodellavita.com/volleyball-no-23-defeats-lsu-in-four-sets/ Sat, 10 Sep 2022 20:47:12 +0000 https://ilfarodellavita.com/volleyball-no-23-defeats-lsu-in-four-sets/ History links Next game: Milwaukee 09/11/2022 | 1 p.m. CT FloSports September 11 (Sunday) / 1 p.m. CT Milwaukee Story Box score (PDF) MILWAUKEE – The No. 23 Marquette University women’s volleyball team earned its second victory over a Southeastern Conference opponent this […]]]>

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MILWAUKEE – The No. 23 Marquette University women’s volleyball team earned its second victory over a Southeastern Conference opponent this season with a 25-19, 25-16, 20-25, 25 win. -14 against LSU Saturday afternoon at the Al McGuire Center.

Junior Aubrey Hamilton led the Golden Eagles (5-1) with 15 kills on .314 hits, while Ella Foti (11) and Jenna Reitma (10) each hit double digits. Libero Carly Skrabak posted 18 digs and a career-best four service aces for United, which had eight aces this afternoon. Marquette hit .289 as a team, including .375 in the second frame.

medium blocker Carsen Murray landed seven kills and six blocks for MU, and went 5-0 in the deciding set with a kill and a pair of solo blocks.

LSU (4-4) was limited to .230 hits despite going .515 (18-1-33) in a third-set win. Hannah Jacobs led the Tigers with 11 kills, while Sanaa Dotson had 10.

NOTABLES:

  • Saturday’s contest on World Suicide Prevention Day was MU’s mental health awareness match. The Golden Eagles have teamed up with former Jenny Fischer (Comm ’19) and her Keep Showing Up campaign to support suicide prevention awareness and mental health as a whole. Keep Showing Up merchandise can be purchased online.
  • National Suicide Prevention Week runs from Sunday, September 4 through Saturday, September 10. World Suicide Prevention Day is celebrated on September 10 every year.
  • Marquette holds an all-time 2-1 record against the Tigers, with the last game being in 2018 in Waco, Texas. The Golden Eagles swept LSU in three sets in this game.
  • The win was MU’s second this season over an SEC school. MU opened the season with a 3-2 victory at the time. 11 Kentucky.
  • MU passer Anchanted Yadhira had a career-high 44 assists and added 13 digs for his fourth double-double this year.
  • MU used an 8-0 run midway through the first set to take a 20-14 lead. Foti led United with five kills on .571 first frame hits.
  • The Golden Eagles took a 5-1 lead in the fourth quarter and led 17-9 after a 5-0 run. MU scored six of the game’s last seven points.

NEXT: The Golden Eagles host long distance foe Milwaukee at the Al on Sunday for a matinee at 1 p.m. The Golden Eagles will host First Responders Day, honoring those on the front lines of protecting our community. The fight against the Panthers, who fell to LSU in four sets on Friday night, will be broadcast live on FloSports.

Follow the Marquette University women’s volleyball program on social media by following on Twitter (@MarquetteVB) and Instagram (@MarquetteVB) and “like” on Facebook (/MarquetteVolleyball).

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Central Oregon recognizes National Suicide Awareness Month with several programs and events https://ilfarodellavita.com/central-oregon-recognizes-national-suicide-awareness-month-with-several-programs-and-events/ Wed, 07 Sep 2022 04:31:37 +0000 https://ilfarodellavita.com/central-oregon-recognizes-national-suicide-awareness-month-with-several-programs-and-events/ BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — September marks National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. The Central Oregon Suicide Prevention Alliance and community partners are coordinating several activities throughout the month to raise awareness and work to prevent suicide attempts and deaths in Deschutes County. Suicide is the 12th leading cause of death in the United States, with one […]]]>

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — September marks National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. The Central Oregon Suicide Prevention Alliance and community partners are coordinating several activities throughout the month to raise awareness and work to prevent suicide attempts and deaths in Deschutes County.

Suicide is the 12th leading cause of death in the United States, with one suicide occurring on average every 11 minutes. Suicide is among the top 10 causes of death for all Oregonians and is the second leading cause of death among Oregon youth between the ages of 10 and 24.

Historically, in Deschutes County, one person commits suicide every week. What we do know is that one death by suicide is too many. Early recognition of warning signs and early intervention can save lives.

The activities planned for this week will raise awareness in our community to address this important public health issue and promote hope and healing.

Please participate in one or more of the opportunities listed below to support suicide survivors in our community, learn about resources and mental wellness, and learn more about how to help or support yourself. someone you love. Visit www.preventsuicideco.org for more information.

Building resilience through mindfulness

  • Wednesday, September 7, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Bend Downtown Public Library, Brooks Room (601 NW Wall Street, Bend, OR 97703)
  • Join Mindfulness and Resilience Instructor Lisa Brown for a family-friendly community event that focuses on building and supporting health through learning and practicing new skills. Build Resiliency Thru Mindfulness is a FREE one-hour class open to all ages. Register at www.preventsuicideco.org.

Candlelight Vigil

  • Thursday, September 8, 7-8 p.m., Bend-La Pine Schools Education Center Front Lawn, 520 NW Wall Street, Bend
  • This event is for anyone who has lost a loved one or been affected by suicide. The vigil includes music, a candle lighting ceremony and a local survivor who will share their story. Attendees will have the opportunity to light a candle to honor their loved one as the sun sets. We respectfully ask the media not to attend this event in order to respect the privacy of participants. This event will be available in English and Spanish.

Walk out of darkness

  • Saturday, September 10, 2022, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Alpenglow Park, Bend OR
  • Organized by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and supported by the Central Oregon Suicide Prevention Alliance, the Out of the Darkness Walk is intended to give people the courage to open up about their own connections to the cause, and a platform form to create a culture that can help reduce mental health stigma. Friends, family, neighbors and colleagues walk side by side, supporting each other and remembering those we have lost. Register at: https://supporting.afsp.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=8771

Community QPR (question, persuade, refer)

  • Monday September 19, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. Bend Downtown Public Library, Brooks Room (601 NW Wall Street, Bend, OR 97703)
  • QPR is a 1.5 hour factual introduction to suicide prevention training. This free training teaches the framework for participants to recognize warning signs, directly ask questions about suicide, persuade someone to access resources, and then direct them to the appropriate resources. This training is open to participants aged 18 and over. Register at www.preventsuicideco.org

If you or someone you love is struggling with suicidal thoughts, help is a phone call or a click away:

● Deschutes County Crisis Line: 541-322-7500 ext 9

● National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: 988 (text or call)

● National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

● Central Oregon Suicide Prevention Alliance resource page: www.preventsuicideco.org

● If you are 55 or older and feel isolated or just want to have a friendly chat, call the Senior Loneliness Line at 503-200-1633.

● If you’re 21 or younger and want help with any problem, big or small, text teen2teen at 839863 or call YouthLine at 1-877-968-8491.

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Mason offers options for mental health assistance and suicide prevention https://ilfarodellavita.com/mason-offers-options-for-mental-health-assistance-and-suicide-prevention/ Mon, 05 Sep 2022 09:07:28 +0000 https://ilfarodellavita.com/mason-offers-options-for-mental-health-assistance-and-suicide-prevention/ The information presented in this article may be triggering for some people. If you are having suicidal thoughts, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 for the support and assistance of a qualified advisor. If you or a loved one are in immediate danger, call 911. As part of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, George […]]]>
The information presented in this article may be triggering for some people. If you are having suicidal thoughts, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 for the support and assistance of a qualified advisor. If you or a loved one are in immediate danger, call 911.

As part of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, George Mason University mental health officials want to educate the campus community about suicide and mental health issues, allowing the Patriots to participate in suicide prevention, helping others in crisis and changing the conversation around suicide.

College brings the excitement of increased freedom as well as the potential for anxiety related to adjusting to life away from home, studying and defining one’s identity. These stressors can trigger anxiety and depression, as well as emotional distress. These feelings could lead to suicidal thoughts or actions, creating huge and potentially dangerous implications if help is not sought.

As COVID has begun to normalize conversations about mental health, public stigma around suicide can keep people from getting the help they need. A dangerous myth is that asking someone if they’re having suicidal thoughts will drive that person toward the behavior, says Jennifer Kahler, Director of Counseling and Psychology Services at Mason (CAPS).

“But it’s not,” Kahler said. When talking about suicide with an emphasis on overcoming ideas and using positive, hopeful and inspiring language, these conversations are very beneficial and can prevent suicide.

“Ask about suicide actually owrites the conversation so those thinking about suicide don’t feel so alone,” Mason said. psychology professor Christianne Esposito-Smythers, director of the Center for Evidence-Based Behavioral Health at Mason. “Often people hide their thoughts from others and may feel like no one will understand what they are going through. Asking others with warning signs about suicidal thoughts decreases the risk of suicidal actions.

Mason provides students with mental health resources and suicide prevention tools through a number of resources, including the MasonCARES Suicide Prevention Programa two-hour access control program designed to train faculty, staff and students on how to respond to people who may be experiencing distress and suicidal thoughts and guide them in seeking appropriate help through through CAPS.

If someone is displaying behaviors such as anxiety, expressing a lack of purpose, reporting feelings of being trapped or hopeless, not attending class or withdrawing from activities, experiencing mood swings, etc., these may be warning signs -suicide runners.

“Training is one of the key components of suicide prevention at Mason,” kahler said. “MasonCARES educates faculty, students and staff on how to support students in distress by teaching them the right questions to ask, what to say and when to help. If individuals have been trained and recognize the concerning signs, tell the student something, and contact CAPS, it could make all the difference in getting help for that student that they wouldn’t otherwise get.

CAPS offers students immediate free assistance; there is no billing office and no insurance is required. First appointments are virtual, and providers are working with students to determine their preferred method of treatment moving forward.

Any assistance students receive from CAPS is confidential and separate from academic records, Kahler added.

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Another option for students is Mason’s Psychological Services Center, where evidence-based, accessible, affordable, and culturally appropriate therapy and screening services are provided by Mason graduate students under clinical supervision. Other services include an emotional support line and short-term intervention sessions.

One of the objectives of the center is to train clinicians in evidence-based treatment, which incorporates suicide screening. This type of treatment is essential because it helps individuals “becoming their own therapist, with lifelong skills such as the ability to effectively problem solve, evaluate thoughts, manage strong emotions, and communicate in a way that others will listen,” Esposito-Smythers said.

If you are concerned about your ability to keep yourself or others safe, contact CAPS Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or Wednesday between noon and 4:30 p.m. at 703-993-2380.

For after-hours mental health crises, call 703-993-2380 and select option 1 to connect with a crisis counselor.

Other suicide prevention or mental health resources can be found on the After hours crisis support page.

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