September is Suicide Prevention Month
September is National Suicide Prevention Month
Durango, Colo.: September is National Suicide Prevention month. The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Federation for Mental Health, is hosting World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th, 2017. Throughout the month, San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) will be disseminating various outreach and suicide awareness materials from the State Innovation Model (SIM) program.
SIM seeks to improve the behavioral health and wellness of communities located in Archuleta, La Plata, and San Juan counties through maximizing access to behavioral health preventive services, developing partnerships, and building systems that support community-clinical linkages. Through a collective impact process, community stakeholders brought together by SIM will collaboratively prioritize efforts of a comprehensive action plan to reduce the rate of completed and attempted suicide across the Southwest.
For National Suicide Prevention Month, SJBPH emphasizes the theme of “Reach Out, Save a Life” – we all must act to prevent suicides. SJBPH will be posting three FAQ documents to www.sjbpublichealth.org/sim and www.facebook.com/sjbpublichealth that address myths about suicide, state and local statistics specific to vulnerable populations, and how to identify signs of suicide with guidance when you or a friend are feeling suicidal.
Another way SJBPH is continuing this community conversation is through working with a coalition of partner organizations on a new public health campaign called “Let’s Talk Colorado.” The campaign spotlights the stigma around mental illness so that the people who need this type of help are more likely to seek it. The campaign stresses that talking about mental illness and a person’s mental health struggles can “Save a Life,” so it’s worth dealing with some awkwardness or embarrassment at not knowing what to say. More information on the campaign is at www.letstalkco.org.
Contact Gordon South at (970)335-2091 for more information about the SIM program and acquiring Let’s Talk materials for distribution.
San Juan Basin Public Health is a local public health agency, governed by a seven member local Board of Health, serving all residents of Archuleta and La Plata counties. For close to 70 years, San Juan Basin Public Health has improved the health and environment of the Southwest Colorado.