On Tuesday, September 4, City Council adopted a resolution that recognizes September as Suicide Prevention Month.
Normally I’m not a big believer in governments passing resolutions on things that they can’t control. However, in this case, I think we all could do more. As City Manager I am privy to some reports that most people aren’t. On average, the City is receiving about a dozen calls for help each year.
I am not so naive as to believe that seven people passing a resolution is going to save someone’s life. But I think talking about it is a start. So what can you do? Part of the resolution reads:
“We encourage all residents to take the time to inquire as to the well-being of their family, friends and neighbors over the coming days and to genuinely convey their appreciation for their existence by any gesture they deem appropriate. A simple phone call, message, handshake or hug can go a long way…”
So check on your neighbors, friends, family. Be there. It is the people who make our community what it is and I don’t want to lose one of them. If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts there are a host of resources:
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Suicide Prevention
- Common Ground Suicide Prevention Website
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center
If you want to chat, about this or something else, just let me know.