It is more likely than not that you know of someone who has been affected by suicidal thoughts. Perhaps you have dealt with them yourself. When one suffers from a lengthy or intense battle with mental illness, hope can seem like a distant memory. However, even in your darkest moments … you are never alone.
September is the month-long observance of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Throughout the week, mental health agencies (Optimae LifeServices included) will post informational articles and resources to their social media platforms to help raise awareness of this critical issue, as well as offer aid to those who need it.
Stay tuned for weekly posts about the event, but in the meantime … if you are in a mental health crisis, please contact the free-of-charge National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255). If you would rather not communicate on the phone, text NAMI to 741-741 to be connected to a free, trained crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line.
If you would like to learn how to mitigate mental health symptoms while you’re unable to reach out, NAMI created this downloadable guide available in English and Spanish.
On Sept. 10, those in the Burlington and Fairfield area can also take advantage of Optimae LifeService’s recovery and resource center’s Suicide Awareness Group facilitated by Tiffany Siefken, LMSW.