Suicide Prevention is a Community Effort

Friday, September 27, 2019 - 5:05pm
Loss of life by suicide is a community tragedy, and SMART sends its condolences to the families of those who have been affected.

 

Some individuals in extreme emotional pain may exhibit warning signs and some may not. Addressing this public health issue requires a comprehensive community response, including sensitive, non-sensational reporting when people die by suicide. Mental health professionals have issued media best practices guidelines for responsible reporting when a suicide occurs. Media can play a role in promoting messages of hope by specifically publishing the warning signs of suicide and steps each of us can make in suicide prevention.

SMART partnered with the County of Sonoma, County of Marin, Buckelew Programs, NAMI and the Know the Signs Campaign to send a message to the community that there is hope and there is help. Over 60 leading North Bay Companies, Nonprofits, Law Enforcement, and Government Agencies have joined together to continue the outreach effort. If you or someone you know is suffering from emotional pain, call 1-800-273-TALK or text CONNECT to 741741 to talk confidentially to a trained professional. Also visit suicideispreventable.org to learn the signs, start a conversation and how to get help.