By Michael Rhoads, July 18, 2022

Shana Palmieri, LCSW and FELTG Instructor

For far too long, mental health services have carried a stigma. It’s important to know where to turn when you’re experiencing a mental health crisis or suicidal ideation.

The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline came online last week, offering nationwide 24/7 access to mental health care. The Lifeline provides free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources, and best practices for professionals. This is a step forward and elevates mental health to the emergency service some desperately need. Of the many topics surrounding mental health, suicide is one of the most, if not the most, taboo.

According to the CDC’s website on suicide facts, an estimated 12.2 million American adults seriously thought about suicide in 2020. More than 3 million planned a suicide attempt, and 1.2 million attempted suicide. It affects all ages. In 2020, suicide was the second leading cause of death in people ages 10-14 and 25-34. It affects our friends, family, and our community at large.

The good news is suicide is preventable. Agencies can create policies that promote a protective environment and a culture of good mental health. It is important for supervisors to recognize the signs of those who might have suicidal ideations.   FELTG Instructor Shana Palmieri, LCSW will conduct a 75-minute session on Managing a Potentially Suicidal Employee on August 30 from 3 – 4:15 pm ET.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis or suicidal ideation, please seek help at your nearest hospital or crisis intervention center. Or dial 988. Be safe, and remember, we’re all in this together. [email protected]

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