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Suicide Awareness Month

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Suicide Awareness & Prevention Month – ASK

We want you to ASK about suicide.

We are all sadly aware of the toll that suicide has taken on our community.  Recent data show a 25-30% increase in the number of suicides occurring throughout our SW Washington region over the previous years.  In observance of National Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month in September 2018, NAMI SW WA developed a positive, community-based program asking individuals to make a pledge to ASK about suicide.

We invite everyone to join us in making a pledge to ASK about suicide.

Our ASK campaign invites individuals of all ages in our community to begin paying attention to one another.  The campaign asks individuals to take the following pledge:

Ask

  • Ask a direct question about suicide when I am concerned about someone
  • Ask for help when I feel overwhelmed, hopeless, or suicidal

Support

  • Offer or seek non-judgmental support

Kindness

  • Be kind to myself and others; Lift Up Life!

This campaign is designed to encourage individuals to look out and care for others, as well as, to reach out and ASK for help and support when they personally feel overwhelmed by life circumstances.

ASK events are being planned now for September 2019. Our goal is to have 5,000 individuals commit to the ASK pledge.

We need your help!  Please consider inviting volunteers from NAMI SW WA to show people how to take the ASK pledge.  To reserve dates and times contact Heidi Bjurstrom (heidi.b@namiswwa.org or 360-695-2823).

NAMI SW WA has been working in Southwest Washington for over forty years and is an established 501(c)3. Our mission is helping all people affected by mental illness through education, support, and advocacy.