Stay: Suicide Prevention
STAY: Adult Education for Suicide Prevention is a new library initiative to provide Chatham parents and caregivers with access to the information that can help their young loved ones cope with crisis situations. The goal is to prevent suicide attempts.
School District of the Chathams, Chatham Borough Council, Chatham Township Committee, and Municipal Alliance Committee of the Chathams are working together with library staff to sponsor and present ongoing resources and programming.
In a continuing effort to raise awareness of suicide prevention Chatham residents are invited to join a virtual “Talk Saves Lives” presentation hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention on Friday, May 8, 2020 at 1 pm. Individuals must register by Thursday, May 7 at 6 pm at https://bit.ly/2zZnZLw.
The hour-long presentation will cover the general scope of suicide and research on prevention. Attendees will also learn the risk and warning signs of suicide and what they can do to prevent it. Although suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States and the 11th leading cause of death overall in New Jersey — too few people know how to help someone who may be suffering from a mental health condition, like depression or who may be in a suicidal crisis.
“Suicide is preventable and while it’s not a topic that is often discussed I hope our ongoing efforts to shed light on this important topic will encourage our residents to learn how together we can help prevent suicide,” said Curt Ritter Co-Chair of the annual Out of the Darkness Walk in Chatham Township. “We know that suicide does not discriminate, and I encourage all residents to take one hour of their time to attend this important presentation.”
Residents are also reminded that this September 12, Chatham Township will serve as host of the fifth annual Out of the Darkness Walk at Cougar Field. The Walk aims to raise awareness of suicide prevention and to raise funds to support suicide prevention. Last year the Walk raised more than $100,000 among more than 400 walkers. The event attracts participants from Morris, Essex, Bergen, Union, and Somerset counties, and has raised more than $300,000 since 2016. Individuals can register at www.afsp.org/chathamtwp or sign-up to volunteer at https://bit.ly/2z6mjPY.
STAY Advisory Committee
Carolyn Dempsey, Chatham Borough
Mayor Thaddeus Kobylarz, Chatham Borough
Lisa Lattarulo, Chatham High School Student Assistance Counselor
Kelly Loofbourrow, Municipal Alliance Committee of the Chathams
Len Resto, Chatham Borough
Curt Ritter, Chatham Township
Tayfun Selen, Chatham Township