#YOUmatter;
 

Our Mission Statement

Our Goal is to provide ongoing community awareness, collaboration and prevention concerning the causes and impact of suicide among students, adults and veterans in our community. 
 
Our Objective is to raise money to "train a trainer" in Mental Health First Aid. The trainer will train the professionals and lay people in how to talk with individuals who are suicidal and how to direct them to the appropriate mental health support and services. 
 
Support: Suicide Support Group for those affected be suicide in a supportive setting to work through their grief. 
 

Peer to Peer Group for Survivors of Suicide Loss

Peer support is an opportunity for people with similar experiences to share what they’ve learned and encourage one another.  Everyone in this support group has experienced the same type of loss:  the death of a loved one due to suicide.  Whether your loss is recent or was years ago, we invite you to join the conversation.  We value your input.

The group is facilitated by Bob Feliciano and Scott Armbruster. and meets every 3rd Saturday of the month at 9 am in the  Havasu Community Health Foundation meeting room at 94 Acoma Blvd. S. Ste. 101

 

Walkers at the Inaugural Suicide Awareness & Prevention WalkAnnual Suicide Awareness & Prevention Walk

The #YOUmatter; Team held it's first Suicide Awareness & Prevention Walk in 2017. The event was an overwhelming success and more than fulfilled its goals. While the event is a fundraiser supporting services in Lake Havasu City, its main purpose is to raise awareness, open discussions and ultimately save lives.

 

Facts On Suicide

Suicide is a Major Public Health Concern

  • over the 40,000 people die by suicide each year in the United States
  • it is the 10th leading cause of death overall.
  • it is often preventable. Knowing the warning signs for suicide and how to get help can save lives.

Suicide deaths are only part of the problem 

  • An estimated 25 attempted suicides occur per every suicide death

  • Those who survive suicide may have serious injuries, in addition to having depression and other mental problems.

  • Other repercussions of suicide include the combined medical and lost work costs on the community,
    totaling to over $30 billion for all suicides in a year

  • There is an emotional toll of family and friends

  • Men are about four times more likely than women to die of suicide, but three times more women than men report attempting suicide

  • suicide occurs at a disproportionately higher rate among adults 75 years and older. 

5 Action Steps for Helping Someone in Emotional Pain

  1. Semi Colon--pause and continueAsk: "are you thinking about killing yourself?" it's not an easy question but studies show that asking at-risk individuals if they are suicidal does not increase suicides or suicidal thoughts
  2. Keep them safe: reducing a suicidal person's access to highly lethal items or places is an important part of suicide prevention. While this is not always easy, asking if the at-risk person has a plan and removing or disabling the lethal means can make a difference.
  3. Be there: Listen careful and learn what the individual is thinking and feeling. Findings suggest acknowledging and talking about suicide may in fact reduce rather than increase suicidal thoughts.
  4. Help them connect: save the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline's number in your phone so it's there when you need it: 1-800-273-8255. You can also help make a connection with a trusted individual like a family member, friend, spiritual adviser or mental health professional 
  5. Stay connected: Staying in touch after a crisis or after being discharged from a care can make a difference. Studies have shown the number of suicide deaths go down when someone follows up with the at-risk person.