September is Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month which helps promote resources and awareness around the issues of suicide prevention, how you can help others and how to talk about suicide without increasing the risk of harm.

Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people and is often the result of mental health conditions that effect people when they are most vulnerable. Suicidal thoughts and suicide occur too frequently but should not be considered common and can indicate more serious issues. 

If you or someone you know is having a mental health emergency:

  • Call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) to be referred to the closest crisis center or call 911.
  • Call your local crisis line; in Southeastern PA see https://namimainlinepa.org/crisis-numbers/. These crisis lines provide access to staff who are specifically trained for dealing with mental health crises and may provide better help and reduced risk of arrest. Someone is available 24/7 to assess the situation, arrange for an in-person evaluation, and/or make referrals as needed.

NAMI Main Line has compiled resources for Coping with and Preparing for a Crisis at https://namimainlinepa.org/resources-for-coping-with-preparing-for-and-preventing-a-crisis/

Warm Lines offered by counties provide one-on-one support (in Southeastern PA, see https://namimainlinepa.org/services-in-sepa-2/intro-to-services/help-lines-and-warm-lines/ ).

NAMI National has helpful information about the risk of suicide and preventing suicide. Additional advice is available at https://namimainlinepa.org/suicide-prevention-coping-with-theaftermath/
Healthy Minds with Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein has created a video on Suicide Prevention at https://tinyurl.com/yanemdyo.

Register Now for Family-to-Family

Family-to-Family (F2F) is a course structured to help family members understand and support a relative diagnosed with a serious mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. F2F at the Lankenau Medical Center will begin Wednesday, September 18 and will meet once a week for 12 consecutive weeks from 7-9:30 p.m. For questions or to register, please contact Judy Green at 610-668-7917 or F2FMainLine@aol.com. F2FMainLine@aol.comRegistration is required. More information is available at: http://namipamainline.org/support/family-to-family-education-basics-programs/  

Support Groups

The Bryn Mawr Family Member Support Group meets the first Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in Bryn Mawr. The next meeting is on September 9. If you have a family member or loved one with mental illness and are interested in this support group, please contact Diane at 610-247-4545 for more information.

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group will meet this Tuesday, September 10. This is a free, weekly, peer support group for adults living with mental illness run and led by NAMI-trained facilitators. You will gain insight from hearing the challenges and successes of others in a confidential setting. For more information on the location and time of our meetings, please contact Danielle Sulpizio at (484) 880-0660 or Ed Kane at (484) 744-0860.

Our Parent Peer Support Group meets this Wednesday, September 11 from 6:45-8:15 p.m. for parents with a middle school through young adult child who is challenged with mental health symptoms. The peer support group is designed to be a safe, confidential place to share your experiences and learn from others. The group is facilitated by Nancy Dever and Debbie Gillespie and will be held at Wayne Presbyterian Church, Room 207, 125 E. Lancaster Ave, Wayne. For questions or to RSVP, contact Nancy Dever at psadfacilitator@gmail.com or text 610-574-3319 to set up a time to talk.

Local Event

Join your Montgomery County neighbors for a panel discussion on suicide prevention and awareness. Learn how suicide has impacted the community and discover where to turn for help. Panelists include Jordan Burnham, survivor, Rep. Mike Schlossberg, PA House of Representatives 132nd District, Loice Swisher, Emergency Medicine Physician, and more. All are welcome. RSVP not required. This event will be held on Tuesday September 10 from 6.30-8.30 p.m. at Greater Plymouth Community Center, Plymouth Room A and B, 2910 Jolly Rd, Plymouth Meeting .

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