Charlotte, NC, October 20, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- Jeanine Joy, the founder of Happiness 1st Institute and the author of "Prevent Suicide: The Smart Way," is offering this program she developed to educate the public about the risk factors, warning signs, and protective factors associated with suicide. This knowledge has the ability to greatly reduce the incidences of these preventable deaths. Despite the subject matter, when you leave the meeting you will feel more empowered by the knowledge and skills you’ve gained.
You have probably wondered if you would know how to recognize the signs and if you’d know what to do if you were the one who suddenly became aware that the child or adult you are with was suicidal. Don’t wonder. Know that you are prepared to do the right thing. A few hours of learning is far better than a lifetime of regret.
The best time to prevent suicide is before the individual is on the brink. With knowledge, you become empowered to take the right steps at the right time to keep this type of tragedy away from your family. We will also provide information about how to support those who have lost someone to suicide and to those who have attempted suicide.
Locally, children as young as 9 years of age have attempted suicide. Suicide is contagious, the more it occurs and the more exposure it receives, the more likely there will be more suicide attempts in that vicinity.
Jeanine Joy's book, "Prevent Suicide: The Smart Way," focuses on building skills that greatly reduce the risk of an individual ever becoming suicidal. The protective factors that lower the risk of suicide also lower the risk of drug and alcohol abuse, delinquency, depression and teen pregnancy because each of these issues share a common root cause.
Parents, teachers, healthcare providers and others who are interested in learning more about how to prevent suicide and how to avert a loss are welcome to attend. Teenagers accompanied by a parent are also welcome.
For information, see www.happiness1st.com. Meetings will be scheduled as needed. Ms. Joy is also available to speak to groups.
One of the most common responses of families and friends is that they did not know what to look for or that what they were seeing was as serious as it was until it was too late. Information is power.
If you think this meeting is for other people, please reconsider. Think about how many times you've heard about loved ones who did not have a clue that someone they cared about was suicidal until it was too late. The purpose of this meeting is to empower our communities with knowledge, greater awareness of the warning signs, risk factors, and what can be done if you believe someone is at risk as well as provide preventative factors that can reduce the risk of children and adults becoming suicidal. People are dying today because of a stigma that has its origins from a time when depression and other illnesses could not be addressed proactively as they are today--it is time to end a stigma that has its roots in superstition and work together for the benefit of everyone.
Local children as young as 3rd graders have been suicidal and middle school deaths from suicide are rising at an alarming rate. Take a moment to imagine how you would feel if you do not attend one of these educational meetings and you later learn that you could have helped someone if you'd known how to recognize the signs.
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Contact us if you want your name (or your business name) added to this list. We welcome sponsors who contribute toward covering the costs associated with conducting these Community Suicide Awareness and Prevention Education Meetings.
If you or someone you’re with is suicidal, call 911 immediately or go to an emergency room.