Suicide continues to be a tragic event occurring in Berrien County and throughout the United States and world. September was first designated as National Suicide Prevention Month in 2008. It is a time to recognize those affected by suicide, increase awareness of the problem, and connect people to help. National Suicide Prevention Week is September 4 – 10. World Suicide Prevention Day is on the September 10 and was first observed in 2003. It is a collaboration between the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH). The theme for this year is “Creating Hope Through Action”
The Berrien County Suicide Prevention Coalition is working with Mid-West Family Broadcasting and MailMax during September to draw attention to suicide and actions that can be taken to prevent this tragedy. One source of actions is the BeThe1to campaign which are five ways you can help someone who may be suicidal. You can learn more about these important steps at bethe1to.com.
Here are additional links to more information and resources related to Suicide Prevention Month and World Suicide Prevention Day that will help you take action to spread the message in our county.
Of course, the need for these efforts is ongoing and the Berrien County Suicide Prevention Coalition needs your help. You can learn more about how you can be involved at BerrienCares.org.