The community effort to curb suicide and mental health crises

The community effort to curb suicide and mental health crises


YEAR.#### SUICIDE — IS A MAJOR HEALTH ISSUE HERE. IN FACT, THE SUICIDE RATE IN MISSOURI — IS HIGHER THAN THE RATE — FOR THE UNITED STATES. SO, THE COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP IS HOLDING WHAT’S CALLED MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID CLASSES. HERE’S THE IDEA — IF YOU CUT YOUR FINGER — YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO. YOU MIGHT GRAB A FIRST AID KIT. THESE CLASSES — ARE LIKE C-P-R — FOR MENTAL HEALTH. SO FAR, 17- HUNDRED PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TRAINED IN CLASSES – LIKE THIS ONE. “===SOT===” “SAMANTHA SHERMAN/¢ PREVENTION SPECIALIST: THEY’RE FEELING FULLY EQUIPPED WHEN THEY LEAVE THAT ROOM TO KNOW WHAT TO SAY AND DO WHEN THEY COME ACROSS SOMEONE WHO IS FEELING SOME TYPE OF MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGE OR CRISIS.” “RIKKI BARTON/PREVENTION SERVICES: SO, THE MORE INFORMATION THAT YOU HAVE, THE MORE FIRST AIDERS WE HAVE OUT THERE ABLE TO INTERVENE AND INTERACT WITH PEOPLE IN A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS.. THE BETTER. BECAUSE, WE’RE ABLE TO SEE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS EASIER AND GET THEM ACCESS TO HELP FASTER.” THIS TEDDY BEAR — NAMED ALGEE IS THE MASCOT. EACH LETTER OF THE TOY’S NICKNAME — HELPS PEOPLE REMEMBER WHAT TO DO — INCLUDING — ASSESS THE SITUATION, LISTEN, GIVE REASSURANCE AND ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO GET PROFESSIONAL HELP. COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP HOPES TO TRAIN 500 MORE PEOPLE — AND… OFFER THE TRAINING IN 21 COUNTIES IN SOUTHERN MISSOURI. IF YOU’RE INTERESTED, THE NEXT TRAINING SESSION — IS ON NOVEMBER 14TH. I’LL HAVE THAT LINK ON MY FACEBOOK PAGE AND ON KY3.COM LATER THIS MORNING. ### THAT STORY — HELPS US KICK OFF OUR MOVEMBER SERIES. DURING *NOVEMBER — MEN ALL OVER THE WORLD GROW FACIAL HAIR — TO BRING WORLD GROW FACIAL HAIR — TO BRING AWARENESS — TO MEN’S HEALTH ISSUES. I’LL BE JOINING THE MOVEMENT — TO PROMOTE MEN’S HEALTH THIS MONTH. OUR WEBSITE

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