Suicidal behavior, including both attempts and deaths, affects the entire community; people of all ages, races, social classes, genders, and sexual orientation. Suicide devastates the family and friends of the person and can lead to more suicides.
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Connect Training Developed by NAMI New Hampshire, Suicide Postvention program increases the capacity of a community or organization to respond effectively to a suicide death in order to prevent additional suicides and promote healing for survivors of suicide loss. The shock and grief of a suicide goes well beyond immediate family and friends and can ripple throughout the community affecting friends, co-workers, schools and faith communities. The Connect postvention training uses a holistic, socio-ecological model which examines suicide in the context of the individual, family, tribe, community and society. Current Sweetwater CPS/Coalition developed relationships with statewide CPS-Campbell Co. to put on the training.
Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The program is offered in the form of an interactive 8-hour course that presents an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders in the United States and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments.
Our coalition plans to aid in the development of a functioning Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) in our community. With the increase of suicide deaths in our county, key stakeholders feel it is beneficial to begin a crisis intervention team which is a community partnership of law enforcement, mental health and addiction professionals, individuals who live with mental illness and/or addiction disorders, their families, and other advocates. The goal is to help persons with mental disorders and addictions access treatment rapidly.
Our coalition will be promoting and distributing free gun locks to local gun shops, police departments, and to the community to decrease access to weapons for high risk individuals contemplating suicide.