Local suicide prevention coalition raises awareness (Audio included)
9/14/2012 7:20:56 AM
By Nate Dunham
The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Logan and Champaign Counties is busy during Suicide Awareness Month in September.
The group was formed in 2005 and is a combination of professionals and survivors, a person who has lost someone to suicide. The group meets once a month and develops strategies to prevent suicide and puts them into action.
The coalition holds awareness ceremonies in September to draw attention to the impact of suicide on the community. They also raise awareness on the current prevention efforts and inform the community about involvement.
On September 22nd, a Survivor of Suicide Memory walk will be held at the Ohio Caverns. Teams of 5 can register in memory of a loved one who died because of suicide.
This year they will hold a National Survivors of Suicide Day event on November 17th at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Bellefontaine.
The coalition holds Survivors of Suicide support groups monthly. They even support the Lost Team, a group of volunteers who respond to the scenes of suicide to aid the families.
They also support teen screen, encouraging youth to participate in mental health check ups through their school's programs.
Some common signs of suicide are an individual who becomes more depressed, lonely, isolated, moody, or irritable. An increase in alcohol or drugs and risk-taking behavior are also signs. Sometimes, an individual may talk about ending their life.
The coalition encourages people who see these signs to speak to the person and ask them questions. By talking, you can help someone express their feelings and can possibly lead to helping them.
Crisis Care is available in Logan and Champaign Counties 24/7.
For more information call the Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Services Board of Logan and Champaign Counties at 465-1045 or the Crisis Hotline at 1-800-224-0422.
The coalition goal is to reduce suicides in the community and encourage people to recognize the warning signs and to feel comfortable addressing those at risk of suicide.
Molly Smith talks about the coalition and the signs of suicide.
The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Logan and Champaign Counties is the September recipient of the Community Spotlight Grant, sponsored by Liberty National Bank and Steve Austin’s Auto Group.