In support of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Week, occurring September 10-16, 2017, there are many activities to raise awareness within your community. Each Mind Matters: California’s Mental Health Movement has created the 2017 Suicide Prevention Toolkit, that includes materials and resources that can assist you in planning and creating your own events.

As an excerpt, the following are ways to keep youth engaged and talking about suicide and suicide prevention:

  • The Suicide Prevention 101 Prezi provides information about the warning signs for suicide and how to provide support intertwined with short youth-produced films.
  • The Directing Change Program & Film Contest encourages young people ages 14-25 to create 60-second films about suicide prevention and mental health. Host a local screening, encourage young people to submit a film to the contest, or host a local screening, or ask your local movie theater to show a film. To view and download films and find several suicide prevention resources for schools and young people, visit Directing Change.
  • Active Minds Suicide Prevention Month 2017 is encouraging supporters to highlight the reasons they speak up about mental health and suicide prevention by using the hashtag #ReasonsISpeak and cumulating in Active Minds National Day Without Stigma. A cornerstone of Active Minds Suicide Prevention Month is their blog series, which features the stories of suicide attempt survivors and survivors of suicide. For blogs, social media events and Twitter chats visit Active Minds

For questions or support in planning your awareness activities, please send an inquiry to kcasela@mhac.org

Best of luck!