Archbold Raises Awareness for Suicide with Ride For Awareness

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Archbold Raises Awareness for Suicide with Ride For Awareness

Monday, September 8, 2014

Every minute of the day a suicide is attempted. Nearly 30,000 Americans lose their life to suicide each year.

Suicide is a serious public health concern: it’s 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 Memorial Hospital’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 fifth annual Ride for Awareness, a poker run and car show on Saturday September 13, 2014. The Ride for Awareness educates participants on recognizing early warning signs of suicide and raises money for the Archbold Northisde patient resource center.

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

Terry added, “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. And 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.”

Statistics show that eighty-percent of people who commit suicide have never had professional help.  But the most important thing you can do 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 gather with Ride participants for a 50/50 raffle and door prizes, also at Archbold Northside. 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 or email pokerrun@archbold.org.