SummitStone Health Partners offers free suicide prevention and Mental Health First Aid during Mental Health Awareness Month
FORT COLLINS — Since 1949, Mental Health America has led the effort to recognize May as Mental Health Awareness Month. The organization recently released a report showing that anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation have skyrocketed during the worldwide pandemic. Based on more than 1.5 million mental health screenings completed between January and September 2020, 8 out of 10 people exhibited moderate to severe symptoms on both anxiety and depression scales. Additionally, 37 percent of those taking the screenings reported thoughts of suicide nearly every day in September of 2020.
“We are collectively in a crisis of stress, anxiety, depression, uncertainty, and isolation brought on by the coronavirus and other societal stressors,” said SummitStone Health Partners CEO Michael Allen. “People need to know that help is available – and we are here to assist.”
Question, Persuade, Refer, or QPR, training teaches how to respond to someone who may be having suicidal thoughts. The QPR mission is to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing proven suicide prevention training to people who are not mental health professionals. QPR training can help anyone identify warning signs of suicide, teach how to get help for someone in crisis, and how to apply the QPR training with someone who may be suicidal.
Mental Health First Aid helps participants understand the signs and symptoms associated with behavioral health issues, how to recognize them, and how to respond. Topics include depression, suicide, substance abuse, psychosis, and panic attacks — to name a few – and the course aims to reduce stigma and increase support for those who may need it.
May 21, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. This includes Narcan training. Regularly offered on the third Friday of the month. All courses are offered in a virtual format at this time. QPR training can also be arranged for groups or employers by special arrangement. To register, visit https://www.summitstonehealth.org/qpr
May 26 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Requires two hours of prework prior to taking the course. Offered virtually. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot.
If you or a loved one are in crisis, walk into the Crisis Services center at 1217 Riverside Ave. in Fort Collins between 8 a.m.to midnight or call (970) 494-4200 or text TALK to 38255 any time, day or night.
If you just need someone to talk to, SummitStone also offers an emotional support line specific to COVID-related issues that can be reached by calling (970) 221-5551