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World Mental Health Day 2019 – Focus: Suicide Prevention

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            Image provided by the World Federation for Mental Health.

World Mental Health Day (WMHD) is today, Thursday, October 10, and the focus this year is suicide prevention. Organized by the World Federation for Mental Health, WMHD helps to raise global awareness about mental health topics and issues. 

On the WMHD website, we are all invited to join in “‘40 seconds of action’ to raise awareness of the scale of suicide around the world and the role that each of us can play to help prevent it.”

For its part, the Austen Riggs Center is actively engaged in suicide research and prevention efforts–through volunteerism in the local community with organizations such as the Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention and Massachusetts chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and through ongoing research by our clinical staff into the causes of and impact of suicide. 

Just this past weekend, the Austen Riggs Center sponsored AFSP’s Berkshire County Out of the Darkness Walk, which has raised more than $50,000 to date, and there’s still time to donate.  

During Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in September, Riggs assembled a list of resources to help raise awareness about this crucial topic. 

There are also many organizations and online resources dedicated to suicide prevention and education. Below are a few: 

·      Suicide Prevention Lifeline

·      American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)

·      National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) – Suicide Prevention

·      American Psychiatric Association – Suicide Prevention

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