Suicide Prevention CLC Looks To Change Dialogue Around Mental Illness During Suicide Prevention Week


HE’S ALSO SERVED ON THE CITY’S PLANNING COMMISSION. DURING THE MEETING, THE COUNCIL ALSO VOTED FOR COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY BEVANS TO REPLACE HILL GUARD AS COUNCIL VICE PRESIDENT.>>DENNIS: SEPTEMBER 9th THROUGH SEPTEMBER 14th IS NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK. STUDENTS AND FACULTY AT CENTRAL LAKES COLLEGE ARE HOPING TO USE THE WEEK TO SHED LIGHT ON AND CHANGE THE DIALOGUE AROUND SUICIDE AND MENTAL ILLNESS. RACHEL JOHNSON HAS MORE.>>EVERY YEAR, SCHOOLS, AGENCIES, WORKPLACES ACROSS THE COUNTRY TAKE PART IN NATIONAL SUICIDE WEEK.>>IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT FOR ME TO MAKE SURE THERE IS AN AWARENESS AT THE COLLEGE, BUT REALLY IT SHOULD BE ALL DAY EVERY DAY.>>ON TUESDAY, WHICH IS WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY AT CENTRAL LAKES COLLEGE, ORGANIZERS INVITED A SPEAKER FROM THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO TALK WITH STUDENTS AND STAFF ABOUT WAYS WE CAN CHANGE THE DIALOGUE AROUND SUICIDE AND MENTAL ILLNESS.>>ESPECIALLY IF SOMEBODY HAS BEEN AFFECTED BY A SUICIDE LOSS OR IS HAVING POTENTIAL SUICIDAL THOUGHTS, HOW DO WE TALK IN A WAY THAT’S RESPECTFUL AND CARING AND SUPPORTIVE AND SAFE?>>AN EXAMPLE THAT DOWNEY USED IS INSTEAD OF SAYING SOMEONE IS SCHIZOPHRENIC, INSTEAD SAY SOMEONE HAS OR IS LIVING WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA.>>NOT JUDGMENT.>>ABOVE ALL, WHETHER IT BE DURING NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK OR THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE YEAR, ORGANIZERS WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT IF YOU’RE STRUGGLING, IT’S OKAY TO TALK ABOUT IT.>>I HOPE THAT PEOPLE JUST ARE COMFORTABLE LISTENING TO EACH OTHER. YOU JUST NEED TO BE THERE. SOMETIMES PEOPLE JUST NEED TO KNOW SOMEONE ELSE CARES.>>IN BRAINERD, RACHEL JOHNSON, LAKELAND NEWS.>>DENNIS: IF YOU OR ANYONE YOU KNOW IS STRUGGLING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS OR HAVING THOUGHTS OF SUICIDE, CALL THE CRISIS LINE AND REFERRAL SERVICE AT THE

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