DID YOU KNOW?
(1) Suicide affects all ages from young children to senior citizens. It is most common among middle aged men.
(2) Suicide remains a rare event, but it is increasing. In CT, almost 14% of high schoolers consider suicide each year and 8% make an attempt. In some communities, the rate is even higher in middle schools.
(3) Suicide is usually related to depression or another mental illness, but up to half of people who could use counseling do not seek help.
(4) Suicide represents an individual's sense of hopelessness in the face of their problems. By reaching out and offering hope, we all have the opportunity to save a life. Take a QPR or other suicide prevention training! (Find training here)
The Hub convenes the Southwest Regional Suicide Advisory Board (SW SAB) quarterly. To join us, email email@example.com. We are working to develop the region's prevention and postvention capacity.
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SUICIDE PREVENTION RESOURCES
Inspirational TED Talk by Nancy Lublin about the Crisis Text Line
Sober: Suicide and Addiction Music Video by Jordan Meyer
1-800-273-8255 video by Logic about the national lifeline
"Why We Need to Talk about Depression" by Kevin Breel, young adult author of Confessions of a Depressed Comic
- 2019 Infographic on Suicide in CT from AFSP
Suicide awareness and gatekeeper trainings:
Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) training is a 1.5-2 hour training aimed at the general public. It provides information about signs & symptoms, a 3-step first aid plan, and information about where and how to refer people for help.
safeTALK is a 3 hour training appropriate for the general public
Talk Saves Lives is a 30 to 60 minute slideshow for the general public
ASIST is an intensive 2-day suicide intervention training with lots of role play
There are also specific trainings for schools (Signs of Suicide, More Than Sad...)