This week, has brought us the news of two high-profile celebrity deaths to suicide, as well as a CDC report showing a 25% increase in suicide deaths since 1999. Sadder than the two celebrity suicides this week is the reality that approximately 865 lives are lost to suicide each week.
For the two years I've been spending working on suicide prevention, I've had hundreds of people pat me on the back for "what important work this is." Most of those have also said, "Now that I know about this problem, what can I do?" Well, for the past six months we've spent countless hours working on a 4 hour education program addressing awareness and action. This session is launching at the CFMA conference in two weeks. It's time to give of your time and energy and TAKE ACTION. So I ask you, CFMA friends – will you take an ACTION STEP and sign up for this session? Will you spread the word to your other colleagues to do the same? It's time to take charge, take action, and learn how to spread a message of hope, build protective factors in the workplace, and be part of moving these statistics in the right direction.