National Suicide Prevention Week in the Treasure Valley
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Idahoans age 15-34. Chances are you’re close with someone who has at least attempted suicide. Maybe it’s you. The Treasure Valley is making changes and you can be part of it – be vocal or be silent. Either way, you are needed.
September is National Suicide Prevention Month but this week we recognize and become active for National Suicide Prevention Week.
What does that mean?
This week presents us with a unique opportunity: Start as many conversations about suicide prevention and mental health as possible. Organizations and individuals across the country are doing the same. We’re hopeful that with their help and with your support, we can change the statistics.
If I could challenge you to do one thing, it would be this: Find an event that matches your personality and RSVP on Facebook. Don’t think too much into it, try not to anticipate what may or may not happen. Know that you will be with people who understand you and the thoughts that race through your head and take you to a place that seems like the end. It isn’t the end and you are not alone.
- Tuesday, September 12th at 10:00 a.m. – Proclamation Signing with Lieutenant Governor Brad Little at 10:00 a.m. RSVP HERE.
- Tuesday, September 12th at 11:15 a.m. – City Club of Boise Forum: Suicide Prevention in Idaho. RSVP HERE.
- Wednesday, September 13th from noon until 9:00 p.m. – Semicolon Tattoo Project. RSVP HERE.
- Saturday, September 16th from 10:00 a.m. until noon – Volunteer orientation for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Idaho Chapter. RSVP HERE.
- Wednesday, September 20th at 6:00 p.m. – Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group. RSVP HERE.
- Thursday, September 21st at 7:00 p.m. – “Finding Kim,” a film hosted by the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline. RSVP HERE.
- Saturday, September 30th at 10:00 a.m. – Treasure Valley Out of the Darkness Walk to Fight Suicide. Join a team or sign up HERE.
Baby steps. We can do this.
Love you. Mean it.
Statistics via SPAN of Idaho