Typically occurring the week following Labor Day, National Suicide Prevention Week begins with World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) also designates the month of September as National Suicide Prevention Month. These recognitions raise awareness and aim to inspire people to learn what they can do in their communities to help save lives.
Mount Nittany Health is dedicated to the health and wellbeing of our community and is proud to sponsor local organizations that support and offer resources for people dealing with mental health conditions.
Coming up this month are two local events Mount Nittany Health is proud to sponsor:
- The Adam Zook Memorial Run – September 23, Tyrone, PA
This event features a timed 5k or 9.88 mile run, and an untimed 2-mile walk. Proceeds raised will fund scholarships for three seniors from the 2023-2024 class and support suicide prevention initiatives within the Tyrone Area School District and the surrounding community. For more information about the Adam Zook Memorial Fund visit their website, or register for the race!
- Jana Marie Foundation Philosophy of HOPE Concert – September 29, State College, PA
An unforgettable concert that combines extraordinary musicians into one band that will use its collective voice to celebrate life’s ups and downs. Through the power of dialogue and creative expression, the Jana Marie Foundation sparks conversations, builds connections, and promotes mental well-being among young people and their communities. For more information about the Jana Marie Foundation and the concert visit: https://janamariefoundation.org/.
In April, Mount Nittany Health announced its partnership with the Jana Marie Foundation to provide Teen Mental Health First Aid training for 10th grade students in the Centre region at two school districts, Penns Valley and Philipsburg. Read more about this initiative.
During National Suicide Prevention Month we can all help the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) raise awareness by sharing resources that help others recognize the warning signs for suicide and learn how to get help.
On September 19, join NIMH for a Facebook Live event on youth suicide prevention. Suicide is a leading cause of death among young people in the U.S. During the event, NIMH experts Drs. Lisa M. Horowitz and Stephen O’Connor will lead a discussion about suicide risks in young people, how to identify the warning signs of suicide, and NIMH-supported research on interventions for youth suicide prevention.
For more information about National Suicide Prevention Week, World Suicide Prevention Day and National Suicide Prevention Month visit: https://afsp.org/national-suicide-prevention-week/
If you or someone you know is in need of help, Call or text 988 or text TALK to 741741.