Partnering With Local Schools & Organizations to Prevent Suicide
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. September 8th-14th is National Suicide Prevention Week. Throughout the year, Chicago Behavioral Hospital participates with local schools and organizations to help prevent suicide and provide mental health awareness, education, and support. In moments of need, it is important to provide a helping hand to those struggling with depression, anxiety, or other mental health disorders that may lead to suicidal thoughts.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (or CDC for short) reports that the rate of suicide in teens rose by 56% between 2007 and 2016. What is even more troubling is that suicide is the second leading cause of death for Americans ages 10 to 24. These are preventable deaths, and our hearts go out to those who have seen a friend, a loved one, or anyone important to them die as a result of suicide.
CBH partners with Elyssa’s Mission , a local foundation that provides suicide prevention programs in schools. CBH offers staffing and support to schools needing additional resources during SOS program days.
CBH has recently joined Communities in Schools of Chicago as a community partner to offer mental and behavioral health education to students, parents, and staff in CIS partner schools.
Chicago Behavioral Hospital offers no-cost mental health assessments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you or someone you care about is experiencing depression, anxiety, or suicidal thoughts or behaviors, we are here to help. Our assessment and referral department can be reached at 844-756-8400.