For Immediate ReleaseAugust 30, 2023
A Suicide Prevention Campaign
Marin County, CA – Research has shown that having open conversations about suicide does not lead to increased risk; in fact, it can reduce anxiety, alleviate suffering, and potentially save lives. This September, Marin County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) is proud to unveil the "Ask. Listen. Connect." campaign, a powerful initiative launched during Suicide Prevention month. The campaign's core objective is to encourage every individual to engage in candid, direct discussions about suicide, extend a listening ear to those in pain, and connect them to essential resources.
Addressing the sensitive topic of suicide requires collective effort and empathy, and there are actionable steps each of us can take to prevent it.
"You don't have to be an expert to make a difference," affirms Kara Connors, Senior Program Coordinator for Suicide Prevention. "Creating a community of acceptance and support involves talking openly about suicide with compassion. It might feel daunting, but it's a conversation worth having. Simply asking questions like 'Are you feeling like you've lost hope? Are you thinking about suicide?' can be a profound way to extend a lifeline to someone who may be hesitant to seek help. Connecting them to resources or dialing 988 together can truly be a lifesaving intervention."
Throughout September, a series of special events will be offered to Marin residents to bolster skills and foster connections in line with the campaign's goals. The events are scheduled as follows:
For more details about these events and the BHRS Suicide Prevention program, visit prevention.marinbhrs.org/suicide-prevention.
Marin BHRS is committed to offering support around the clock. Residents facing mental health or substance use challenges can reach out to the 24-hour, confidential Access Line at 1-888-818-1115. Marin BHRS provides a range of services, including outpatient, residential, crisis support, and hospital care, tailored to the mental health and substance use needs of Marin Medi-Cal beneficiaries and uninsured residents.
Dr. Todd Schirmer, Ph.DDirector, Behavioral Health and Recovery ServicesHealth and Human Services
(415) 473-7637Email: Dr. Todd Schirmer, Ph.DMarin HHS website