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September is Suicide Awareness Month

                                 Information                                                     Events

 

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[1].  It's important for loved ones to know the signs and symptoms and know what to do and where to go for help.

Information

Some signs and symptoms you may notice...

Here are a few  warning signs of suicide:

  • Increased alcohol and drug use

  • Aggressive behavior

  • 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

  • Traumatic event

  • 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

More information on the NAMI website

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.

CIBH Newsletter

NAMI Newsletter

Crisis numbers

Events

Suicide Awareness events in the area. 

September 7th

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.

Visit website for more information.

September 10th

City of Chesapeake Proclamation

September 13th

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!!

Eventbrite

September 28th

Teen Suicide Prevention Forum