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Mental Health Month Beings

May 1

May is Mental Health Month

Let’s Walk Together to End Suicide

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, but there is something we can do about it. Each year, thousands of people participate in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness Walks, raising awareness and letting people know they are not alone. Join us Oct. 15 at Boxcar Park as we walk to fight suicide. Funds raised support research, education, and advocacy, and support for those affected by suicide. Remember: Suicide prevention starts with everyday heroes like you. Come be a part of the movement that’s helping create a culture that’s smart about mental health. Together, we can stop suicide.

If you’re interested in donating to this cause click here: https://supporting.afsp.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=2575777
If you’re interested in joining the SnoCo Allies Team to walk with us, help recruit and fundraise, please click here: https://supporting.afsp.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donordrive.team&teamID=288703

Did you know? “There are numerous harmful effects of experiencing discrimination, and the severity and nature of these negative outcomes are individual. Experiences of fear, anger, rage, depression, insomnia, confusion, and even learned helplessness are all known outcomes. Additionally, minority communities experience many ongoing injustices such as microaggressions, disparities in educational opportunities, inadequate access to effective, culturally competent health care, and economic disparities, all on top of a history of generations of trauma. All of these systemic injustices contribute to negative mental health outcomes.” (AFSP)

Did you know? “Compared to straight people, gay and lesbian people are more likely — and bisexual adults are more likely still — to report having made a suicide attempt in the past year and/or over their lifetime.” (AFSP) If you have questions about Mental Health Month, please reach out to Diversity, Equity, and Well-being Committee Lead Brooke Chhina at brooke.chhina@providence.org

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May 1