COMMUNITY LIVING SERVICES: 
Connect – Your Life Matters
September is Suicide Awareness Month

[August 2020 | By Eva Veitch, Region 10 Community Living Services Program Director]

On September 18th at the Montrose Elks Club from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is proud to sponsor our first suicide prevention and awareness event. This event will be an uplifting series of activities designed to remind attendees that “Your Life Really Does Matter” and that sometimes we just need to remember to connect with those we love and our community. It’s an event with something for all ages, a classic car show, great music by Dave’s Fault Band, wonderful BBQ, a memorial wall, and a butterfly release for those who want to honor loved ones. Vendors will be there, and mental health providers will be on hand to talk about how they may be able to offer support. And its FREE!!!

September is Suicide Awareness Month. Montrose has a new NAMI group and we wanted to offer an event that offers an opportunity for fun, education and reflection for a topic that is generally very dark and difficult to talk about. When our team met to discuss what to call the event; we talked a lot about the impact of suicide, the issues behind suicide and some ways to hopefully prevent suicide. We came up with “Connections and Life Matters.” If we all stay connected and remind each other that our lives matter and that there is always something or someone to live for; maybe we can reduce the suicide rate.

90% of people who die by suicide have experienced symptoms of a mental health condition. One in five U.S. adults experiences mental illness. One in 20 U. S. adults experience serious mental illness. Seventeen percent of youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder.

There are ways to reach out and get help-talk to health care professional. Call the NAMI helpline at 1-800-950-6264. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Connect with friends and family.

Join a support group-NAMI has a family support group in Montrose at PIC Place that meets from 530-7 p.m. the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Call 520-282-9060 for more information.

CONNECT-YOUR LIFE MATTERS

September 18th at the Montrose Elks Club from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.