Suicide Prevention Month in Tulsa
Embracing Hope: Tulsa's Suicide Awareness Month - September 2023
In the heart of Oklahoma, the resilient city of Tulsa stands united to observe Suicide Awareness Month in September 2023. With empathy and compassion, we recognize the importance of addressing mental health concerns and preventing the tragedy of suicide. Together, we can make a difference and support those who may be struggling. To help you get involved, we've compiled a comprehensive list of events and resources in our community during this crucial month.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Walk
Date: September 10, 2023
Location: River West Festival Park
Event Link: AFSP Walk
Suicide prevention begins with awareness, and the AFSP Walk is an inspiring event that brings our community together. Join us on September 10th at River West Festival Park to honor those we've lost and to raise awareness about the importance of mental health. This walk reminds us that we are never alone in our struggles and that hope is a powerful force for change.
Suicide Awareness Information Table at Tulsa Community College
Date: Wednesday September 6,2023 - Thursday September 14, 2023
Location: Tulsa Community College ` All Campuses
Event Link: TCC Suicide Awareness Info Table
Knowledge is a vital tool in the fight against suicide. On September 12th, visit Tulsa Community College's Suicide Awareness Information Table. Here, you can gain valuable insights into suicide prevention, mental health resources, and support systems. Questions and concerns are always welcomed and addressed with care.
Resilient Tulsa - Mental Health and Special Services
Location: Resilient Tulsa
Tulsa's commitment to mental health and special services is unwavering. The City of Tulsa offers a range of resources and programs dedicated to supporting those in need. Visit the Resilient Tulsa website to discover the comprehensive list of services available to our community.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - Suicide Prevention Month
Event Link: NAMI - Suicide Prevention Month
Throughout the entirety of September, NAMI dedicates its efforts to raising awareness about suicide prevention. They offer various resources and events to help our community better understand and address this critical issue. Be sure to check their website for updates and opportunities to get involved.
Understanding Suicide Prevention
While events like those mentioned above provide a sense of community and support, it's essential to understand the broader picture of suicide prevention. Here are some helpful insights and tips:
1. Talk Openly: Break the Silence
One of the most powerful steps we can take is engaging in open conversations about mental health with our friends and loved ones. By actively listening and sharing our own experiences, we create an environment where individuals feel safe discussing their feelings and struggles.
2. Recognize Warning Signs
Educate yourself about the warning signs of suicide, such as:
Withdrawal: If someone you know becomes increasingly isolated and disconnected from friends and family.
Behavioral Changes: Sudden and significant changes in behavior or mood can be indicative of a struggle.
Giving Away Possessions: Individuals considering suicide may give away their possessions or make statements implying a sense of finality.
If you notice any of these signs in someone you care about, it's crucial to reach out and offer support.
3. Seek Professional Help
If you or someone you know is in crisis, it's essential to seek professional help immediately. Mental health professionals are trained to provide the support and guidance needed to navigate challenging circumstances. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) is available 24/7 for those in need.
4. Remove Access to Lethal Means
If you believe someone is at immediate risk, take action to remove access to lethal means, such as firearms, medications, or other potentially harmful items. This intervention can save lives.
Embracing Hope as a Community
Let us come together as a community during Suicide Awareness Week in September 2023, not only to raise awareness but also to offer a helping hand to those in need. We are committed to making Tulsa a place where mental health is a priority, and no one feels alone in their struggles.
This month, let us remember that hope is a beacon even in the darkest times. Together, we can make a difference and show that we care. By participating in these events and engaging in open conversations about mental health, we can create a more empathetic and supportive Tulsa.