RICHMOND, Ind. – In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Month, Reid Health is offering a community presentation about suicide risk and prevention on Monday from noon to 1 p.m. in Lingle Auditorium.
The goal of the event is to raise awareness, and perhaps help reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, said presenter Tanja McFarland.
“Talking about these difficult subjects can give us the courage to speak up when we see that someone we care about is at risk,” said McFarland, a licensed social worker and employee assistance program counselor at Reid Health. “Friends and family members can really make a difference when someone is struggling with mental illness and thinking about suicide.”
Suicide statistics in Indiana are sobering. A 2009 government report indicated that suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among Indiana residents ages 15 to 34. And, according to a study published by the Indiana Youth Institute in February 2015, Indiana has the highest rate in the country of teens who have considered suicide, and the second-highest rate of those who attempted it.
“One of the most common signs that someone is contemplating suicide is when he or she starts giving away personal belongings,” said McFarland. “A suicidal person also might also begin talking about feeling hopeless or being a burden to others. It’s important to take these signs seriously and find professional help as soon as possible.”
If you believe that someone you know may be contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255). For urgent situations, call 911. And to learn more, visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
To register for the presentation, please call 765-983-3230.