September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month


September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

The Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention, (MCSP), a MFi initiative, administered by Medfield Outreach, welcomes the Medfield community to participate in Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. 

In an effort to raise awareness of Suicide Prevention, we are inviting businesses and residents alike to #LightUpMedfield!  Lights of either color, purple or turquoise, both associated with suicide prevention, can be strung out in display of support for the cause. 

Please be on the lookout for the many businesses around town that will be participating in Suicide Prevention Awareness Month by displaying purple or turquise lights!  We suggest you show your appreciation by supporting those businesses, which include:  Noon Hill Grill, Park Street Books, Salon One, Butterfly Tree Boutique, Be Charmed, Avenue, Nosh and Grog, Unitarian Church, St. Edwards, and 266 Main Street.  Medfield residents can also participate by hanging lights or tying a ribbon of the same colors around a light post, mailbox, fence, anywhere you see fit on your property.  Let’s demonstrate how much we care!  These are trying times for many; let’s unite and show our support for those who have been touched by depression and suicide. 

In addition to lighting up Medfield, MCSP will be offering resources on our social media site https://www.facebook.com/medfieldcsp and an outdoor yoga session to promote physical and mental health later in the month.  Please be on the lookout at https://www.facebook.com/medfieldcsp and on the Medfield Outreach Facebook and Twitter pages: https://www.facebook.com/MedfieldOutreach and https://twitter.com/MedfieldOutrch.

Mental Health Emergency Resources and Helplines:

Riverside Community Care:  24 Hour Emergency Services Program Available 24 hours/7 days for mobile crisis intervention for children and adults for both mental health/psychiatric emergencies at your home, our office, or other community locations. 1-800-529-5077 or 1-781-769-8674

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Since its inception, the Lifeline has engaged in a variety of initiatives to improve crisis services and advance suicide prevention. 1-800-273-8255  http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Samaritans’ mission is to reduce the incidence of suicide by alleviating despair, isolation, distress and suicidal feelings among individuals in the community, 24 hours a day; to educate the public about suicide prevention; and to reduce the stigma associated with suicide. They accomplish this through services that emphasize confidential, nonjudgmental, and compassionate listening.  Call anytime 24 hours/7 days per week (877)870-4673.  http://samaritanshope.org

Call2Talk is a confidential mental health and emotional support call line that assists individuals and families through stressful times in their lives, helping the despondent and those who may be suicidal.When calling Call2Talk, those who are struggling with mental health concerns have a safe place to call and will be encouraged to discuss their current experience. By sharing their personal stories of tragedy, recovery, despair and grief, callers feel relief, comfort and hope. Check out their website for more information.  A text line is also available. HELPLINE:  2-1-1 OR (508) 532-2255 https://www.uwotc.org/call2talk

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