Archbold's Ride For Awareness

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Archbold Raises Awareness for Suicide with Ride For Awareness

Monday, September 9, 2013

Every minute, a suicide is attempted, and nearly 30,000 Americans lose their life to suicide each year.

Suicide is a serious public health concern: it’s the 11th leading cause of death for all Georgians and the third most common cause of death among youth 15-24 years old and young adults 25-34 years old.

September is National Suicide Awareness Month, and mental health professionals at Archbold’s Northside Center for Behavioral and Psychiatric Care say that knowing the warnings signs and risk factors are key to suicide prevention.

In an effort to raise awareness about suicide, Archbold Northside will hold the fourth annual Ride for Awareness, a poker run and car show on Saturday September 28, 2013. Ride for Awareness educates participants on recognizing early warning signs of suicide and raises money for Thomas County Family Connection, a collaboration of community partners that develop, implement, and evaluate plans to address serious challenges facing Thomasville’s children and families.

“Suicide’s causes are complex and determined by multiple factors, but it’s important to know that suicide affects all ages, cultures, socio-economic and religious groups,” said Jim Terry, Archbold Northside administrator.

In addition, some common mental health illnesses may be linked to suicide, like severe stress, chronic medical conditions, grieving from the loss of a loved one and substance abuse.  “Though all suicides aren’t predictable or preventable, quick response and appropriate treatment may be pivotal in preventing a final act performed out of desperation,” said Terry.

Statistics show that eighty-percent of people who commit suicide have never had professional help.  And Terry said the most important thing you can do as as a family member or friend is to identify risk factors and recognize warning signs early.

“Delaying treatment could result in worsening of symptoms, so it’s important to be attentive to warning signs,” said Terry. “Above all else, get your loved one the help they need to prevent a fatal outcome.”

Poker run registration will begin at Archbold Northside at 9:00am. Following the poker run, the community is invited to the Lewis Hall Singletary Oncology Center for a free car show, food, 50/50 raffle, door prizes and live music. As a way to honor and celebrate the lives of loved ones lost to suicide, the Archbold Northside Suicide Memory Wall will also be available at the event.

For more information on the Poker Run and Car Show, or to learn more about preventing suicide, call Archbold Northside at 228-8131.