FirstLink: Suicide Calls Have Increased Almost 33% This Year At FirstLink.

Dear FirstLink Supporter,
 
Our suicide calls are up almost 33% this year at FirstLink!  We need your support to continue our suicide services.  FirstLink answers calls on the 24 hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, facilitates a monthly suicide survivor’s support group, conducts suicide education outreach to area schools, and offers Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) to others who want to learn suicide first aid.

September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month, and our “Walk of Hope” will be held Saturday, September 10, 2011 at the courtyard of the Fargo Civic Center, next to the library.  We would love to see you there.  You can register at 1:30, and the walk begins at 2:00.  The walk will be followed by a short program, and open microphone time.

What a blessing it is to be able to attend a support group for suicide survivors.  FirstLink has a support group that meets every fourth Monday at 6:00 p.m. and is offered at no charge.  What a difference it can make to someone who is trying to resolve their grief and pain.

FirstLink staff will also start going into the schools again to speak to students about suicide.  Topics include:  signs to look for, ways to help a friend, and who to call for help.  North Dakota has a very high suicide rate for 15-24 year olds, so prevention education is a must!

Come walk with us September 10th … We walk to remember those who have lost their lives to suicide, to support their loved ones, and to raise awareness and prevention.  If you are not able to attend, I hope you will think of making a donation to help continue these life changing services.  Remember, “Hope Begins Here!”

Respectfully,

Cindy Miller

Executive Director
FirstLink