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This September the City of Edmonds and its partners are raising awareness and bringing the community together around suicide prevention. Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, race, orientation, income level, religion, or background; and according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death among adults, and the 2nd leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34 in the United States. Residents age 65 and older comprise about 13% of the U.S. population but account for over 18% of all suicides, with the most common cause for elderly suicide, as for all suicides, is untreated depression.

This month we will be marking National Suicide Prevention Month with three events, and highlighting free, anonymous resources available in our community.

·        September 1: the Edmonds Mayor and City Council will proclaim September as Suicide Prevention Month and will receive a presentation on suicide prevention from the Snohomish Health District. You can read the official proclamation here. (To read the proclamation in Spanish, Russian, Korean or Chinese, click here.) 

·        September 17, 7 p.m.: Wendy Burchill of the Snohomish Health District will present a free, “Question, Persuade, Refer,” suicide prevention training via Zoom. This will also include a question and answer session on suicide prevention techniques. Click here for presentation


·        September 23, 7 p.m.: A community panel about mental health and suicide prevention to foster discussion and encourage mental health advocacy. You can access the Zoom event here: https://zoom.us/j/96229664796  Panelists include:

o   Margaret Browne, Premera (moderator)

o   Tim Krivanek, Board Member Washington chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

o   Michelle Reitan, Edmonds Waterfront Center

o   Scriber Lake High School students

o   John Richards, KEXP DJ and mental health advocate

Only a call, or click, away

If you are in crisis, there are many free and anonymous resources available throughout our community:

·       
Snohomish County Crisis Resources list

Additionally, many of life’s stresses can contribute to our mental health and wellbeing. If you need assistance with housing, food, utility, childcare or medical costs, you may be eligible to receive support. More information is available here:

·        Snohomish County Community Resources

·        Edmonds Housing and Supplementary Relief Program

Thank you to all our partners for contributing to keep our community healthy.

You are not alone. Make the call. Check in on your friends and family.

You may download and print a poster for your own use. Click here for poster. 

Warning Signs of Suicide

• Talking about wanting to die
• Looking for a way to kill oneself
• Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
• Talking about feeling trapped or unbearable pain
• Talking about being a burden to others
• Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
• Acting anxious, agitated or recklessly
• Sleeping too little or too much
• Withdrawing or feeling isolated
• Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
• Displaying extreme mood swings

What to Do
• Do not leave the person alone
• Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs, or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt
• Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-584-3578
• Take the person to an emergency room, or seek help from a medical or mental health professional