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SUICIDE CAN BE PREVENTED
The best way to prevent suicide is to be aware of some of the
common warning signs. Although some suicides do occur without warning, most
people will show some outward signs.
Recognize when someone is suicidal but importantly, be aware of the first signs of trouble.
Here are some warning signs:
Be Aware of Feelings
Many people at some time in their lives think about suicide. Most decide to live because they eventually come to realize that the crisis is temporary and death is permanent. On the other hand, people having a crisis sometimes perceive their dilemma as inescapable and feel an utter loss of control.
These are some of the feelings and thoughts they experience:
If someone you know exhibits these symptoms, offer help!
Depression drains your energy, hope, and drive, making it difficult to do what you need to feel better. But while overcoming depression isn't quick or easy, it's far from impossible. You can't just will yourself to "snap out of it," but you do have more control than you realize - even if your depression is severe and stubbornly persistent. The key is to start small and build from there. Feeling better takes time, but you can get there if you make positive choices for yourself each day.
Be patient with yourself and celebrate each accomplishment. The steps may seem small, but they'll quickly add up. If you continue to take positive steps day by day, you'll soon find yourself feeling better.
5 tips for dealing with depression
1. Stay connected
2. Get moving
3. Do things that make you feel good
4. Eat a healthy, mood-boosting diet
5. Challenge negative thinking
When you're depressed, the tendency is to withdraw and isolate. Even reaching out to close family members and friends can be tough. Compound that with the feelings of shame and the guilt you may feel at neglecting your relationships.
But social support is absolutely essential to depression recovery. Staying connected to other people and the outside world will make a world of difference in your mood and outlook. And if you don't feel that you have anyone to turn to, it's never too late to build new friendships and improve your support network.
Look for support from people who make you feel safe and cared for. The person you talk to doesn't have to be able to "fix" you, he or she just needs to be a good listener - someone who'll listen attentively and compassionately, without being distracted or judging you.
Make face-time a priority. Phone calls, social media, and texting are great ways to stay in touch, but they don't replace good old-fashioned in-person quality time. The simple act of talking to someone face to face about how you feel can play a big role in lifting the fog of depression and keeping it away.
Try to keep up with social activities, even if you don't feel like it. Often when you're depressed, it feels more comfortable to retreat into your shell, but being around other people will make you feel less depressed.
Find ways to support others. It's nice to receive support, but research shows you get an even bigger mood boost from providing support yourself. So find ways' both big and small, to help others: volunteer, be a listening ear for a friend, do something nice for somebody.
Other suicide/prevention resources available below:
Dear Michigan Team,
I want to share with you Crisis Text Line, the nation’s first free, 24/7 text line for people in crisis. People nationwide can text 741741 to be connected with a trained Crisis Counselor. Nancy Lublin's (Founder + CEO) TED talk does a great job of explaining how it works here: https://www.ted.com/talks/nancy_lublin_texting_that_saves_lives
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What happens when you text the Crisis Text Line?
Crisis Text Line: First, you’re in crisis. That doesn’t just mean suicide: it’s any painful emotion that’s getting in your way, for which you need support.
Next, you text us at 741741. Your opening message can say anything: "Hello," "Start," or a description of what you're feeling.
The first responses are automated. They tell you that you're being connected with a Crisis Counselor, and invite you to share a bit more.
When you’ve reached a Crisis Counselor, they’ll introduce themselves, reflect on what you’ve said, and ask you to share at your own pace.
You’ll then text back and forth with the Crisis Counselor. You never have to share anything you don’t want to.
The Crisis Counselor will help you sort through your feelings by asking questions, empathizing, and actively listening.
-Our service is completely free, but messaging rates apply if you’re NOT on Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, or T-Mobile.
-About 90% of the time, it takes less than five minutes to connect you with a Crisis Counselor. It may take longer during busy times.
Thanks for sharing this valuable resource with your communities. Every little bit helps!
Welcome to the Mental Health Wellness Canopy, where our community can gather education, information, and resources to accommodate their journey to mental health wellness.
Family Crisis Center of Washtenaw is sponsoring the “Canopy” to participate at community events we are invited to within the Washtenaw County area. We will set up a 10x10 foot canopy or a table (dependent on the space available at the event). We will provide educational materials to the community and build relationships for further resources within the community.
Washtenaw Alive Coalition participants are encouraged to provide information and resources that will assist the community with suicide prevention, mental health wellness.
Many other organizations have planned community events, festivals, concerts and welcome the public to enjoy what they have to offer. Family Crisis Center of Washtenaw is willing to set up our canopy at each event we are invited to and share mental health information and resources with the community.
If you have further questions or would like to participate call Kathy or Edwina at Family Crisis Center of Washtenaw at 734-660-7059. Send us an email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, visit our website at familycrisiscenterwashtenaw.org
We are located at 2385 S. Huron Pkwy. Ste. 2N, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
If you are interested in supporting the "Canopy" through your donations please send donations to Family Crisis Center of Washtenaw 2385 S. Huron Pkwy., Ste. 2N, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Thus far, we have a donated vehicle, tables, portable sound system, and canopy. We would like to offer giveaways with the information we are sharing with the community. Anyone willing to donate funds for fuel for the vehicle used at each event will be helping us continue this program
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID CLASSES
June 17th, Saturday 1-4pmFirst Annual Grieve Well Kite Festival
Pioneer High School 601 W. Stadium Blvd. Ann Arbor MImore info 734-975-0238
May 21, 2017 Friday
Manchester High Suicide Prevention Walk
Walk Location: Carr Park - Manchester
Check-in/Registration Time: 05/21/2017 at 2:30 pm
Walk Begins: 3:00 pm
Walk Ends: 5:00 pm
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Megan Linski
Contact Phone: 734-478-7293
Contact Email: email@example.com
Thursday May 4, 2017 4-7pm
Children's Mental Health Awareness Day Walk and Rally
Claude Allison Park
18250 Beech Daly Rd.
Redford, MI 48240
More info: Youth United 313-344-9099 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
May 3,2017 Wednesday 6-9pm
Rethinking Mental Health One Story At a Time
Wayne County Community College District
Heinz C. Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center
21000 Northline Road
Taylor, MI 48180
A link to register for tickets to an upcoming screening of ‘Death is Not The Answer’ on May 3.
Little Theater in The Refuge Center
Located in the First Baptist Church
1110 W Cross St
Ypsilanti, MI 48197www.refugecenter.net/movies.html
FREE FAMILY ACCEPTANCE PROJECT TRAINING ON HELPING DIVERSE FAMILIES TO SUPPORT THEIR LGBT CHILDREN
The Family Acceptance Project (FAP) is providing a free full-day training on April 25 in Detroit, MI for health, mental health, social service and school-based providers, families and religious leaders on FAP’s research-based family support approach for helping diverse families learn to support their LGBT children. A critical aspect of FAP's prevention and intervention approach is suicide prevention.
The training will include: learning about FAP’s foundational approaches to decrease family rejection and increase family support, including how to apply FAP’s key research findings and using FAP’s multicultural family education resources with diverse families; strategies for helping ethnically, racially and religiously diverse families to support their LGBT children; and helping providers and others to apply research-based FAP’s family support approach in diverse practice settings.The training is free and offers 5 CEUs. For information on registering for the training contact: email@example.com