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Raising awareness about suicide prevention

September 7, 2017

Human Resources

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Human Resources

Suicide is often a taboo and stigmatized topic in society. Let's talk about mental health, raising awareness, and suicide prevention. 

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. At the City's Employee Assistance Program, we work to destigmatize mental health in the workplace and in the community. Often times, someone who is struggling does not reach out for help. This is usually due to shame or the stigma associated with suicide. By educating yourself on the signs and symptoms of mental health distress, you may be able to help a person in need.

If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, we want you to know that you aren't alone. There are many resources available to you. Below is a list of organizations that contain a lot of helpful information and resources. As always, we're here to support employees and their family members. We can also refer you to the resources you need. 

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

800-273-TALK (8255) or call 9-1-1 immediately

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Learn about warning signs and risk factors. You can also read about support for family members and caregivers.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Find out about resources for suicide prevention.

Samaritans Hope

The Boston-area resource has a 24/7 helpline (call or text 877-870-4673). They have grief support services and suicide prevention workshops.

Employee Assistance Program