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It isn't easy to talk about suicide. It’s difficult to know the right words to say to someone who is hurting and those left behind. Fortunately, many organizations are working to reduce the stigma associated with suicide, support individuals in crisis who need help, and provide resources to allies. Their efforts are culminating in Suicide Prevention Month (September), Suicide Prevention Day (September 10) and Suicide Prevention Week (September 9-15).
"Many people feel apprehensive about learning about suicide prevention because it’s such an emotional topic," says Elysse Chay, PPI Prevention Services Manager. "But we encourage everyone to learn how to talk to someone who is living with mental health challenges to reduce the chance that suicide is an option."
Chay suggests learning more about the signs and symptoms of suicide, as well as the resources available to those who are struggling with their mental health.
"Some people want to cover up the fact that they are hurting, but a perceptive ally who isn’t afraid to reach out can prevent a mental health challenge from turning into a mental health crisis," Chay said. "You never know when you will be able to save someone's life."
Chay recommended seeking out information from these resources and participating in the many local suicide prevention events in September.
Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee Resources to Support Youth: This document provides local and national resources for youth in crisis and their loved ones.
Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee Online Resources for Suicide Prevention: This document includes websites, apps, services, and more for those in crisis.
National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention: Offers social media resources and information about preventing suicide and supporting survivors.
Suicide Prevention Month 2018 hashtags: #BeThere #BeThe1To #ElevatetheConvo #workingtogethertopreventsuicide #ilivefor #storiesbreakstigma #Take5
'Hoan Alone' Premiere
Tuesday, September 7
This short animated film explores the connection between the iconic Hoan Bridge and suicide. This Milwaukee premiere will be held on Tuesday, September 7, at 6:45 p.m. at Fox Bay Cinema Grill (334 E. Silver Spring Drive, Whitefish Bay) as part of the Milwaukee Short Film Festival. Tickets are $10. Purchase yours here.
Black Men Don’t Jump: Black Men, Mental Health & Suicide
Monday, September 10
Learn to recognize risk factors and warning signs associated with suicidal thoughts, and how they impact communities of color at this free community event. Monday, September 10, 6-8 p.m., Progressive Baptist Church, 8324 W. Keefe Ave., Milwaukee. Questions? Call 414-731-4200.
#BeThere Line Dance Challenge
Monday, September 10
In honor of National Suicide Prevention Day and Suicide Prevention Month, the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division’s Light and Unite Red is asking supporters to take its #BeThere line dance challenge. Learn the steps, wear green, get your friends together to dance to this instrumental version of Logic’s 1-800-273-8255, and upload it. Here’s the instructional video and example of the line dance.
MOD Pizza Wauwatosa Fundraiser for Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee
Monday, September 10
QPR Suicide Prevention Training
September 11, 13, 18 & 20
Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee is offering free-of-charge opportunities to learn how to utilize Question-Persuade-Refer suicide prevention techniques to save a life. Check out PSGM’s website for details.
MOD Pizza Shorewood Fundraiser for Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee
Wednesday, September 12
Bring in the MOD fundraising flyer to the Shorewood location (4151 N. Oakland Ave.) and MOD will donate 20% of your bill to support PSGM’s local suicide prevention efforts. Here’s a link to the flyer.
Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee Quarterly Coalition Meeting
Friday, September 14
Support this effort devoted to saving lives and promoting mental health as it marks Suicide Prevention Month. Meet from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at IndependenceFirst, 540 S. First St., Milwaukee.
Project 22 Ride, Walk, Resources, Film & Panel
Sunday, September 16
A full day of events is anchored by Project 22, a documentary about veterans and suicide. Participate in a short or long walk, motorcycle ride, resource fair featuring nontraditional providers, a screening of the film, and a panel discussion. Get all of the details at this link.
Beyond the Blues 2018
Friday, September 21
The Charles E. Kubly Foundation, devoted to improving the lives of those impacted by depression, is presenting its 15th annual fundraiser, Beyond the Blues 2018, from 6:30-11 p.m. on Friday, September 21, at Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin, 500 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee. Tickets are $80 and can be purchased at this link.
Out of the Darkness Milwaukee Walk
Sunday, October 16
Support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and raise awareness of the need to support survivors and increase research on suicide prevention by participating in this three-mile walk on Sunday, October 14, at Humboldt Park, 3000 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee. Register here.
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