Helping individuals in crisis: September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
Suicide is a national public health issue.
The American Association of
Suicidology reports that, in the U.S., nearly 45,000 individuals
died by suicide in 2016. In addition, the organization said suicide is the 10th
leading cause of death, with an average of one person taking his or her own life
every 11.7 minutes.
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health believes
suicide – and suicide prevention – should continue to be part of a national
- Help eliminate the stigma so individuals in crisis can obtain the care and treatment they need; and
- Promote resources for those looking to support friends and/or loved ones who are at risk of suicide.
In September, Devereux joins others in observing the following
dates/times of year related to suicide prevention and awareness:
- September – Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
- September 9-15 – National Suicide Prevention Week
- September 10 – World Suicide Prevention Day
three observances carry a simple and potentially life-saving message: Suicide
is preventable,” said Devereux Senior Vice President and Chief
Clinical/Chief Medical Officer Dr.
“If you are suffering, help is just a phone call or text away. And if you know
someone who is suffering, resources are available so you can be a lifeline to
someone who needs comfort and support.”
Recognizing the warning
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) encourages us all
to understand and recognize the following warning signs:
or comments about killing themselves, also known as suicidal ideation, can
begin with seemingly harmless thoughts like “I wish I wasn’t here,” but can
become more overt and dangerous
alcohol and drug use
friends, family and the community
writing or thinking about death
or reckless behavior
What you can do …
- For individuals in
you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, please reach out to a friend, family
member or doctor, or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK
(8255). You can also text NAMI to 741-741 to
be connected to a free, trained crisis counselor on its Crisis Text Line.
- For those who want to
help their friends/loved ones: Reach out and check-in regularly. Listen and
encourage the individual to seek professional help. To learn more, visit NAMI’s
Suicide Prevention Awareness Resources page.
Devereux can help
Devereux is committed to providing
trauma-focused care – along with innovative programs and services – for
children, adolescents and adults with emotional and behavioral disorders in community
and residential settings. Click here to learn more about our Specialty Mental Health
programs and services.
learn more about Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, and its culture and
history of helping individuals and families in need of hope and healing, click here.
||Devereux Pennsylvania’s CAAPP program helps make dreams a reality|
Growing up, John Pagnoni had a passion for cooking. He and his grandmother would watch Food Network shows featuring celebrity chefs such as Emeril Lagasse, Bobby Flay and Guy Fieri to gather ideas and learn new skills.
||Dr. Todd Harris discusses aging with autism on Philadelphia Focus radio program|
Take a listen as Devereux Executive Director of Autism Services Todd Harris, Ph.D., discusses aging with autism - along Devereux’s programs and services for older youth and adults - on the Beasley Media Group radio program, Philadelphia Focus.
||Conference empowers Devereux’s emerging leaders to put Servant Leadership principles into action|
As Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health begins embedding Servant Leadership best practices across its organization, the nonprofit is making sure it has the right people in place to roll out this new initiative - and ensure the long-term success of this methodology.
||Lisa Kroger and Michelle Llorens named executive directors of Devereux Florida|
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, one of the oldest and largest nonprofit providers of behavioral healthcare in the nation, today announced that President and CEO Carl E. Clark II named Lisa Kroger, LMSW, and Michelle Llorens, M.A., BCBA, as executive directors of Devereux Florida, effective Jan. 7, 2019.
||Maryann Campbell honored for decades of leadership at Devereux’s Glenholme School|
Maryann Campbell, who will officially retire as executive director of Devereux Connecticut - The Glenholme School on Jan. 31, 2019, was honored recently for her decades of exceptional leadership and service to the organization.
||Devereux helps Toys for Tots program spread joy this holiday season|
When organizers of a Chester County Toys for Tots event lost the site they planned to use to sort and distribute toys for those less fortunate this holiday season, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Pennsylvania stepped in to help.