Focus on the Delaware Valley, with Lora Lewis

Focus on the Delaware Valley, with Lora Lewis

Kat Olbrich on the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Download

00:29 Download February 19th, 2020

Kat Olbrich, Maryland and Delaware Area Director for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, discussed their mission, advocating for mental health access, support for families of those who died by suicide and those who are survivors.  She told us that in 2018 there were 48,344 suicide deaths – an increase of 1,171 additional deaths over the year before, although the growing numbers are slowing.  She talked of the warning signs, changes in mood and behavior, talking about considering it and access to means.    She encouraged everyone to ask ‘How are you doing’ and even, ‘Have you been thinking about suicide?’

She spoke about their efforts to enact a suicide prevention ‘911’ code, a three digit number that one could cal for immediate help and reminded us the someone is always available at the suicide prevention lifeline 800-273-5255 and by the Crisis Text 741-741.  She invited all to volunteer or participate in one of their many activities, including the annual Out of the Darkness Walks or attending  State Capitol Day.  This event gives people the opportunity to meet with Delaware’s representatives and share their personal story of mental health or suicide loss and to advocate for increased mental health care and establishing the 3-digit suicide prevention lifeline.    For more information go to AFSP.org

 

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