September is National Suicide Prevention Month
September is “National Recovery Month” but it is also “Suicide Prevention Month.” September 6-12 is designated as “National Suicide Prevention Week.” In addition to celebrating Recovery Month, Meridian is raising awareness about Suicide Prevention this week by sharing important information on our social media accounts.
Meridian encourages everyone to know the warning signs of suicide and the many resources available for those in need.
In our previous blogs, World Suicide Prevention Day and Suicide Among Teens, we discussed how we can come together and learn how to help a family member, friend, or colleague by taking a Mental Health First Aid course. Mental Health First Aid is a certification course where you learn to identify and respond with a 5-step action plan to potential mental illness or substance use disorders crises until appropriate professional help can arrive. The course can be taken in person or virtually.
If you or someone you know needs help, don’t hesitate to call Meridian any time of day or night at 352-374-5600 or 1-800-330-5615 and select option 1. We can help and, in many cases, one of our Mobile Response Teams may be able to respond to you at your location.
Or access one of many resources such as the Crisis Text Line, by texting “HELLO” to 741741. Be sure to join in on the conversation this week with Meridian as we spread awareness and advocate for suicide prevention on social media Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and Instagram.