September is Suicide Awareness Month
September is National Suicide Prevention Month. All month, mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies, and community members unite to promote suicide prevention awareness.
Are you in a crisis?
If you are in crisis or are experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255)
If you’re uncomfortable talking on the phone, you can also text NAMI to 741-741 to be connected to a free, trained crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line.
Suicides have become the second-leading cause of death among teenagers in the United States according to the Population Reference Bureau. It's important for loved ones to know the signs and symptoms and know what to do and where to go for help.
Here are a few warning signs of suicide:
Increased alcohol and drug use
Withdrawal from friends, family and community
Dramatic mood swings
Impulsive or reckless behavior
Intense sadness and/or hopelessness
Not caring about activities that used to matter
Family history with suicide
Suicidal behaviors are a psychiatric emergency. If you or a loved one starts to take any of these steps, seek immediate help from a health care provider or call 911:
Collecting and saving pills or buying a weapon
Giving away possessions
Tying up loose ends, like organizing personal papers or paying off debts
Saying goodbye to friends and family
If your child or teen is facing difficulties with mental health, Kempsville Center for Behavioral Health may be able to help. Call 757-461-4565 today for a no-cost, confidential assessment. No referral or emergency room visit is needed. More information here.
Suicide Awareness events in the area.
Morning of Hope event
This initiative is locally sponsored by the Hampton Roads Survivors of Suicide Support Group Inc., a non-profit organization for those who have lost a loved one to suicide.This will be a program of awareness, remembrance and celebration.
Opened with a “Welcome” from Virginia Beach Mayor "Bobby" Dyer; emceed by Tom Schaad WAVY-TV 10 Anchor and with messages from several featured speakers.
Where: Mount Trashmore, 310 Edwin Dr in Virginia Beach
Time: 8am check in.
City of Chesapeake Proclamation
Shatter the Silence
The 4th Annual Shatter the Silence is a collaborative prevention event bringing youth and community partners together to celebrate wellness and raise awareness of suicide in our community.
Spread the word! To adults, youth groups, sports teams, clubs, professionals, etc. Everyone is welcome and the event is FREE!! Door Prizes, snacks, and many other giveaways!!