National Suicide Prevention Week

2013_wspd_banner_sqSeptember 8-14, 2013 is National Suicide Prevention Week and September 10, 2013 is National Suicide Prevention Day.  There will be educational events across the nation to raise awareness of the signs of suicide and encourage communities to engage in suicide prevention activities. Ninety percent of the people who die from suicide were suffering from a mental illness such as depression or bipolar disorder at the time of their death.

Additional risk factors for suicide include substance use or dependence, psychotic disorders, anxiety disorders, impulsivity, aggression, previous suicide attempts, a family history of attempted or completed suicide and serious medical conditions or pain. Stress from environmental factors can increase the risk for suicide.

Fifty to seventy five percent of all people who attempt suicide tell someone they are thinking of suicide. If someone mentions suicide, tell them you are concerned about them and do not be afraid to ask questions. Encourage the person to see a physician or mental health provider. If the person is talking about or threatening suicide, respond to it as a crisis. Take the person to a walk-in clinic such as a Pawnee Mental Health Services office or a local hospital emergency room. Call for assistance and support if necessary.

Pawnee Mental Health’s Crisis Line: 1-800-609-2002

Veteran’s Crisis Line:  1-800-273-8255. Press 1

SAVE Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

On September 10, 2013, Pawnee Mental Health Services will present the Suicide Prevention segment of Mental Health First Aid in three locations. The presentations are free and the community is invited to attend. The presentations will be from 7PM to 9PM at the following locations.  Pre-registration is requested but not required.  To register, contact Mary Heath at 785-587-4300 or at

 Houston Street Ballroom

427 Houston St.

Manhattan, KS

Pawnee Mental Health Services

355 Grant Ave.

Junction City, KS

Wesleyan Church

1603 Cedar Street

Concordia KS


Terry Seirer-Becker LCP

Director, Crisis Program

Pawnee Mental Health Services

814 Caroline Ave

Junction City, KS

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