By Jessie Parker | Encompass Health Services
Special to the Chronicle
PAGE – Encompass Health Services announced today that it is launching a public education campaign in Page as part of a national effort to reduce suicide.
The campaign is designed to help people recognize the warning signs of suicide and to encourage people to call the crisis hotline, 645-8180, or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
In Arizona more than 1271 died by suicide in 2016.
Across the country, someone dies by suicide every 11.1 minutes, accounting for more than 47,000 deaths annually. In the U.S., more people die by suicide than by homicide.
Worldwide, suicide accounts for nearly half of all violent deaths, nearly 1 million fatalities each year, according to the World Health Organization.
By working together locally and nationally with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, we are spreading the message that suicide is preventable and help is available for people in crisis.
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness month and starting Sept. 8 through the 14 is National Suicide Prevention Awareness week.
As part of our local efforts to reduce suicide, Encompass will continue to offer education to help identify those who are at risk as well as offer counseling support to those that are grieving the loss of a loved one.
There will be a Suicide Prevention seminar on Sept. 13 at 5:30 p.m. at Encompass Health Services’ large conference room. This seminar is free of charge and open to the public.
Encompass is one of more than 100 certified crisis centers that participate in the lifeline.
The lifeline is a federally funded national hotline network of local crisis centers administered by the Mental Health Association of New York City.
Launched in January 2005, the lifeline provides crisis counseling by trained helpers to anyone in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Information: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Encompass’s local crisis hot line number is 928-645-8180.