Thanks to a true collaboration of efforts with the Samaritans of Cape Cod and Cape Cod & Island Suicide Prevention Coalition, and Indian Health Services Behavioral Health Team, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s Health and Human Services Department kicked off its first Suicide Awareness and Prevention Campaign to promote and educate the Community on Suicide Prevention.
Our goal for raising awareness among the community was successful. Throughout the day community members had stopped in and visited the series of tables that were displayed in the lobby with important information and resources to help them better understand Suicide Prevention. The Tables were displayed for the month of September with loads of resources to take. Congratulation to the raffle winners Catherine Hendricks, Shellie Tobey, and Latoya Green who all won beautiful beaded earrings made by our own Tribal Members.
Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month has now passed, but that does not mean our work to heal and protect our community is over. Please familiarize yourself with the signs and support available below.
Know the Signs:
Talking about Suicide or wanting to die
Withdrawing from friends, family and society
Feeling hopeless, depressed or trapped
Increased alcohol or drug use
Sudden mood changes
Ask the Questions
“Are you thinking about killing yourself?” Asking this question will not cause a person to attempt suicide. It can help them open up and ask for help. If the answer is “yes”, persuade them to seek immediate help.
24-Hour Crisis Hotline
Cape Cod: 833-229-2683
Boston Area and Fall River: 800-981-4357
Martha’s Vineyard: 508-693-0032
Samaritans of Cape Cod & Island: 800-893-99900 ( Free confidential crisis line)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255)
Crisis Text Line: Text “HI” to 741-741
Veterans’ Crisis Line: 800-273-8255 press1
Remember-Together we can help Prevent Suicide. For more information on trainings and resources please contact Kim Frye (508) 477-0208 Ext. 103