Jeremyah Walk to Raise Funds for Survivors of Suicide

All are invited to participate in the 13th annual Jeremyah Memorial 5k Walk/Run on 9:30 a.m., Saturday, February 9th  at Kiwanis Park in Tempe. Walkers gather prior at the Ruben Romero Corporate Ramada at 8 a.m.

The annual event is organized by EMPACT-Suicide Prevention Center. All funding raised from the event will be used to support local survivors of suicide programming, including support groups and loss response teams.

AHCCCS works closely with EMPACT-Suicide Prevention Center to reduce the suicides in Arizona. Officials from EMPACT and other behavioral health providers, including community stakeholders, are invited to participate in a conversation regarding the 2019 State Plan to End Suicide. For more information about the meeting, email: kelli.williams@azahcccs.gov.

For more information about the walk, visit: www.empactsos.org

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What Schools Are Doing to Talk About Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention Awareness_call Teen LifelineOne of the first things participants learn in mental health first aid classes is how to ask someone if they feel suicidal. Just practicing the act of asking helps to erase the uncomfortable feelings we may have about the topic of suicide. And since talking about suicide is a first step everyone can take toward ending suicide, it’s time to get comfortable with the topic.

  • Acknowledge you or your friend may have a problem
  • Care about the concern
  • Tell a trusted adult

In Arizona, schools are starting this critical conversation. With funding from the Arizona Attorney General’s office, Mi Kid staff provides suicide prevention programming for students in grades 6-12. Signs of Suicide (SOS) is free, evidence-based curriculum for students age 11-17. Students are taught to recognize the signs of depression and use the ACT technique:

  • Acknowledge you or your friend may have a problem
  • Care about the concern
  • Tell a trusted adult

The program is designed to: decrease suicidal attempts by students by increasing understanding of depression; encourage students to seek help when necessary; reduce the stigma of mental illness; engage parents and school staff with gatekeeper education; and encourage schools to create community partnerships to support students’ mental health.

High schools in Tempe, AZ started the 2017-18 school year by addressing suicide in a most prominent way. Students in Tempe High Schools found stickers on the back of their student ID cards with the Teen Lifeline phone number. Some schools also provided additional information about how and when to access behavioral health services. Teen Lifeline is a Phoenix-based suicide prevention outreach program that trains teens to counsel their peers anonymously.

Resources in this article:
Timesha Moore McHarris
timesham@mikid.org
www.mikid.org/suicide-prevention

Teenlifeline.org

 

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