TEXT 741741 FOR HELP. TELL US ABOUT IT!
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
-A flyer to post (Natl Texter Flyer)
-Stickers you can print (Sticker 10 per page: to print on Avery 8164 2” x 4” stickers)
-Logo (a png image to post)
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!
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID CLASSES 2018
Adult Mental Health First Aid
(To respond to other adults)
March 1 & 2
June 7 & 8
September 6 & 7
December 6 & 7
Youth Mental Health First Aid
(To respond to adolescents ages 12-18)
March 22 & 23
June 21 & 22
September 20 & 21
December 13 & 14
12 noon – 4:30 pm (both days)
Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center
4135 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor MI
Cost: $20 (includes participant manual)
Friday- April 6, 2018
Cross & Resurrection
812 Ann St. Ypsilanti, MI
WHAT IS THE LANDING?
The Landing is an ongoing program for students . . .based on the Beatitudes, where Jesus related the principles for happiness in the Sermon on the Mount. The Landing can help foster hope, truth and joy, as teenagers embark on an exciting journey of engaging videos, meaningful experiences, vibrant worship, and great conversation as they develop true, bonding friendships with others. We know that, in our world today, students struggle, on a daily basis, with things like depression, anxiety, loneliness, isolation, bullying, peer pressure, family conflict, self-worth, etc. The Landing is a place where students can feel welcomed and supported just as they are. The Landing is meant to not only walk with students through hurts, hang-ups and habits, but it is also a resource that can be applied in preventing future struggles.
FRIDAY, 9/29/17 OUT OF THE DARKNESS Community Walk
Easter Michigan University LAKE HOUSE
WALK TO FIGHT SUICIDE
Register at 3pm- walk at 4pm
Register today at afsp.org/
September 26-28, 2017 in Gaylord (CONFERENCE)
Ellison Place 150 Dale Dr. Gaylord MI 49735
September 25th at 12:00 noon EDT (WEBINAR)
Join us on Monday, September 25th at 12 noon ET for a talk with
Friday, September 8th 2017-9am-3pm
VA Ann Arbor Mental Health Summit
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 protected]
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: [email protected]
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 protected]