The Bayonne library will host a suicide prevention and awareness seminar

A suicide awareness and prevention seminar is coming this month to the Bayonne Library.

Post 19 of the American Legion and the Free Public Library of Bayonne announced that they would be sponsoring the presentation on Thursday, April 28, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the gallery on the second floor of the library. The building is located at the intersection of 31st Street and Avenue C.

“I would like to commend Post 19 and the library for hosting a session on this important topic,” Mayor James Davis said. “It could help veterans and other residents get the help they need for themselves or others.”

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At the event, representatives from the US Department of Veterans Affairs will present. Speakers are a special team trained to help the audience and explain the warning signs of suicide.

This presentation is open to veterans and the general public. Speakers will explain that suicide is preventable and people can learn about the warning signs. Participants will learn where and how to get help for those who need it, even if it’s them.

If you know someone is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or text the Crisis Text Line by sending Hello to 741741. Both services are free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and all calls are confidential.

The Veterans Affairs Crisis Line connects service members and veterans in crisis, as well as their family members and friends, with trained Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) responders through a crisis line. toll-free confidential telephone support, online chat or text messaging service.

Spot the warning signs

Suicide does not discriminate. People of all genders, ages and ethnicities can be at risk. Suicidal behavior is complex and there is no single cause.

Most people with risk factors will not attempt suicide, and it’s hard to say who will act on suicidal thoughts. While it’s important to keep suicide risk factors in mind, someone with the warning signs of suicide may be at a higher risk of danger and need immediate attention.

Stressful life events such as the loss of a loved one, legal issues, or financial difficulties, as well as interpersonal stressors such as shame, harassment, bullying, discrimination, or relationship issues can contribute to suicide risk, especially when they occur with other suicide risks. factors. Family and friends are often the first to recognize the warning signs of suicide, and they can take the first step in helping a loved one find mental health treatment.

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