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CentraCare Hosting, Sponsoring Events During Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

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Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of their age, background or gender. These thoughts may occur due to untreated mental health conditions or challenging circumstances. September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Although mental health and suicide prevention is important to address year-round, Suicide Prevention Awareness Month provides a dedicated time to share that there is hope, help is available, and healing is possible.

Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training

Join CentraCare’s Suicide Prevention Program Manager Lisa Bershok for a suicide prevention gatekeeper training to learn more about how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, ask more questions and connect someone at risk to care.

Just like CPR taught community members to keep people alive until they could connect them with a health care professional, Suicide Prevention training does the same for those at risk of suicide.

This month’s training is from noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 18. The virtual training is free. Registration is required and space is limited. Click here to register.

If you’re unable to attend, additional training sessions will be held on the first Monday of the month in October, November and December.

‘Angst’ Documentary Film: Presentation & Discussion

CommUNITY, Adult Mental Health Initiative and Central Minnesota Suicide Prevention Coalition is showing “Angst,” a film that explores anxiety, its causes, effects and what we can do about it from 6:30-8 p.m. Sept. 20 at Great River Regional Library, 1300 West St. Germain St., St. Cloud.

After the film, will be a panel discussion with area mental health professionals. The event is free but please register online.

Out of the Darkness Walks in Willmar and St. Cloud

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention hosts community walks every year to support those affected by suicide and those who support them to raise awareness. It unites communities and provides an opportunity to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental health conditions have affected the lives of those we love, care about, and have lost to suicide.

988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

Anyone can struggle with mental health. We want you to know there's hope. Seek help during times of struggle with loneliness or isolation by reaching out to a family member, friend, counselor or health care provider. The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is available 24/7 — call or text 988 or chat 988 connects you with a trained crisis counselor who can help.