HEALTH + WELL-BEING

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Take note of these resources that are available to support your emotional well-being—and that of others

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This content is provided to Johns Hopkins employees through a partnership between the Johns Hopkins Employee Assistance Program and Corporate Counseling Associates.

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and an opportunity to be reminded of the many resources available to support your emotional well-being.

Suicide prevention remains a universal challenge. One in every 100 deaths worldwide is the result of suicide, and it can touch each one of us. Here are ways that you can make a difference:

Free webinars

In support of National Suicide Awareness Month, the Johns Hopkins Employee Assistance Program is offering two free webinars to raise awareness around suicide risk and prevention and to offer tools for help and support.

Suicide Awareness and Prevention (live webinar)
Suicide remains one of the leading causes of death worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. You—as a family member, friend, or colleague—may be faced with someone in your life who is at risk of suicide. How will you recognize the risk and what should you do?

In this one-hour session, which starts at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22, licensed psychologist, author, and executive coach Jay Sandys will provide guidance on:

  • Separating myth from fact about suicide
  • Recognizing the warning signs of suicide
  • Learning the do's and don'ts for helping others
  • Gaining tools and resources to help yourself

Click here to register.

Creating Hope Through Action (pre-recorded)
Compassion and empathy can go a long way in breaking down stigma and supporting anyone who may be thinking about suicide. In this on-demand webinar, participants will benefit by:

  • Learning how to identify and support people at risk
  • Knowing how to be a mental health ally and talk safely about suicide
  • Creating protective environments
  • Understanding how to promote connectedness through activities and events

Log on to myccaonline.com with company code JHEAP. Under Online Seminars, select Creating Hope Through Action.

National resources

National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: 988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255). Call, text, or chat 988 for 24/7, free, and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you and your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: Call 888-333-AFSP (2377) for research, education, and current statistics on suicide.

Stop a Suicide: A free interactive suicide risk inventory immediately connects those concerned about suicide risk in themselves or others with crisis intervention counselors or emergency services.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center: This federally supported center provides consultation, training, and resources to enhance suicide prevention.

If you or someone you know has been impacted by suicide or thoughts of suicide, you are not alone. Free, confidential counseling support—for you and your loved ones—is available 24/7/365 by calling the Johns Hopkins Employee Assistance Program at 888-978-1262. Additional information and resources on suicide prevention can be found online at myccaonline (company code: JHEAP) and on the CCA@YourService app (access code: JHEAP).

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