Northwest Texas Healthcare System Behavioral Health hosted a special event on Friday, September 24 in recognition of National Law Enforcement Suicide Awareness Day. The Tascosa ROTC presented colors and the Amarillo Police Department Police Chief shared a special message.
National Law Enforcement Suicide Awareness Day was created to recognize the service of officers lost to suicide, raise awareness about suicide in law enforcement and remind officers and their families that they are not alone – help is available. This day helps to reduce the stigma associated with seeking help.
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“Northwest Behavioral Health wanted to host a special event to bring local awareness to mental health struggles. Our goal is to reduce the stigma associated with seeking help and to recognize our law enforcement. Statistics show that suicides continue to rise and we want to let our community know that we have the resources to help,” shares Kathleen Dostalik, CEO for NWTHS Behavioral Health.
Risk factors are characteristics that make it more likely that someone will consider, attempt or die by suicide. They cannot cause or predict a suicide attempt; however, it is important to be aware of risk factors such as:
Mental disorders – particularly mood disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders
Alcohol and other substance use disorders
History of trauma or abuse
Previous suicide attempts
Family history of suicide
Job or financial loss
Suicide Prevention Resources
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
NWTHS Behavioral Health: 806-354-1810