Westmont, Illinois - Date Issued: September 2, 2021
At a recent meeting, the Westmont Village Board approved a National Suicide Prevention + Action Month Proclamation (N.S.P.A.M.P.) declaring September as National Suicide Prevention month in the Village of Westmont. Internationally, September is known as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and is intended to help raise the visibility of mental health resources.
“This proclamation is an easy first step for communities to take and bring attention to such a difficult subject,” said Bev Schwartz, Assistant Director of Public Policy at Hope for the Day. “Our goal is to let people know that there are resources available to those who need help and that there is strength in the Hope For The Day message IT'S OK NOT TO BE OKⓇ!”
MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESSThe importance of promoting positive mental health is more important than ever. Currently, suicide completion rates have surged to a 30-year high. It is estimated that one in four people report a mental health crisis in their life. Globally, over 800,000 suicides are reported each year, with many more going unreported. In the United States, more than 120 individuals complete suicide on a daily basis.
Some of the themes captured in the proclamation include:
SUICIDE PREVENTION RESOURCESIf you or someone you know needs help, please visit the Hope for the Day website and type in your zip code for a list of vetted social services including local mental health resources in our community. To learn more about this program, visit the National Suicide Prevention + Action Month Proclamation website.