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Chemung County Recognizes September 8th-14th as Suicide Prevention Week

“Chemung County Recognizes September 8th-14th as Suicide Prevention Week”

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli joins counties and states across the nation recognizing September 8th-14th 2013 as National Suicide Prevention Week.  This year’s theme is “Challenging our assumptions and moving forward together”.  Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in this country, with a life lost every 14 minutes. Suicide touches everyone, but there is help and hope when individuals, communities and professionals join forces to prevent suicide. 
 
The Chemung County Department of Mental Hygiene, Suicide Prevention Committee has planned activities to recognize Suicide Prevention Week:
 
The Department of Mental Hygiene maintains a “HOPE” Garden at Eldridge Park. This garden will be replanted with fall mums to serve as a source of hope to all that visit the park, and whatever meaning they find in it. 
 
A free, 3 hour gatekeeper training “Safe TALK” will be held from 9 am to noon September 10th in the HRC Building, 425 Pennsylvania Ave Elmira NY. The purpose of this class is to teach the warning signs of suicide as well as skills to help save a life. Click here for more information.
 
Walk a Mile in My Shoes sweatshirts are on sale now to the public. This is a great way to show your support as the weather cools off in the Fall. Orders must be prepaid and will arrive September 12th. Click here for more information.
 
“Emotional Wellness & Aging” is a day-long seminar on September 13th at the Horseheads Holiday Inn Express. This conference will include suicide prevention training along with other topics related to older adults and mental health. The cost is affordable at $10 and includes lunch. Click here for more information.
 
Registration and order forms for these events can be found on the website:www.walkamile.net, on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/Walkamilechemung or by contacting Shannon Oakes, 737-2052.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call 1-800-273-TALK, trained professionals are available 24/7
                                                      SUICIDE:
                                      More common than you think. . .                   
                                    More preventable than you know!