American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - NATIONAL CAPITAL AREA

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - NATIONAL CAPITAL AREA

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ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT SU***DE THOUGHTS?
Here is how to stay safe and find treatment👇🏾👇🏾
Hopelessness may lead you to think about su***de. Learn how to stay safe, get through a crisis and find treatment.
When life doesn't seem worth living anymore, it may seem that the only way to find relief is through su***de. When you're feeling this way, it may be hard to believe, but you do have other options.
Take a step back and separate your emotions from your actions for the moment.
• Recognize that depression and hopelessness can distort your perceptions and reduce your ability to make good decisions.
• Realize that suicidal feelings are the result of treatable problems.
• Act as if there are other options instead of su***de, even if you may not see them right now.
It may not be easy, and you might not feel better overnight. Eventually, though, the sense of hopelessness — and thoughts of su***de — will lift

HOW TO GET RID OF SU***DE THOUGHTS

Look beyond thoughts of su***de
The hopelessness you feel as you consider su***de may be the side effect of a difficult situation or an illness that can be treated. This emotion can be so overpowering that it clouds your judgment and leads you to believe that taking your own life is the best, or only, option.
- Recognize that these feelings are temporary and that with appropriate treatment you can learn how to help yourself feel better about life again. Asking others for support can help you see that you have other options and give you hope about the future.
- Create a list of the reasons you have to live. This list can include being alive for your pet, your children, a favorite niece, or something that you enjoy doing at work or at home. It doesn't matter what the list includes, but finding a sense of purpose in your life can make a difference.
By getting proper treatment and using effective coping strategies, you can learn to manage or eliminate suicidal thoughts and develop a more satisfying life.
Contact us for help and will be available 🇿🇲🇨🇦
American Foundation for Su***de Prevention - NATIONAL CAPITAL AREA
National Su***de Prevention Lifeline '1-800-273-TALK (8255)'
Su***de Awareness / Prevention

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Hanging with the fine people of Idiom Brewing Co., sipping the brand new DC101 “Face the Music” IPA, raising money for American Foundation for Su***de Prevention - NATIONAL CAPITAL AREA, listening to some tunes. Life is good 🍻 here til 7P!

Visit Fauquier County, Virginia #febrewary
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This Thursday we welcome back Roche On Air and the team from DC101 for the kick off to FeBREWary! We are honored to partner with the American Foundation for Su***de Prevention - NATIONAL CAPITAL AREA with a $1 donation from every pint going to support this wonderful organization.
Older adults make up 12% of the U.S. population, but account for 18% of all su***de deaths. Statistics report one in four older adults are successful in their attempts to take their own lives, as compared to 1 in 200 youths.

Listen to AGING MATTERS on Tuesday October 5 at 2 pm on WERA 96.7 FM when host Cheryl Beversdorf talks with Ali Walker, Chair, and Keith Tate, Treasurer, Board of Directors, American Foundation for Su***de Prevention - NATIONAL CAPITAL AREA, about risk factors, intervention, prevention strategies for older adults at risk of su***de, and resources for family members affected by su***de.

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One Day Until... "The Darkest Cloud in the Sky: Intrusive Thoughts, Deep Suffering, and Hope." Saturday 11/27 @11:00am-12:30pm (PT)

InsightLA's Mindfulness & Deep Suffering Practice & Affinity Group (H.O.P.E.) is proud to welcome tomorrow our wonderful guest speaker Lily Sais, Anxiety & Intrusive Thought Expert and Coach!

https://insightla.org/event/su***de

Donation based only $0-$5

Lily specializes in supporting people around the world with anxiety and intrusive thoughts through individual and group coaching as well as her popular, creative, and highly accessible online videos that have helped countless individuals who were previously suffering in silence. She is also a phenomenal school psychologist! Lily brings her heart, humor, and vulnerability to this most stigmatized and taboo topic: intrusive thoughts.

We are lucky to have Lily join and give a teaching on "The Darkest Cloud in the Sky: Intrusive Thoughts, Deep Suffering, and Hope."

You can find more information about Lily here:

https://www.instagram.com/_peacefromwithin

https://www.peace-from-within.com/

http://voyagela.com/interview/hidden-gems-meet-lily-sais-peace-within/

At H.O.P.E. group, we come together to meditate and talk about supporting the people in our lives (including ourselves) who may be struggling with deep suffering, hopelessness, helplessness, disconnection, mental health/health challenges, and/or suicidal thoughts.

We support each other as we "Heal Ourselves through the Present Experience" - H.O.P.E.

We will discuss – and practice – the importance of connection, community, and compassion.

There will be a 15-20 minute guided meditation, followed by a teaching and time for conversation, discussion, and questions.

Format
11:00-11:15am: Greetings and check-in
11:15-11:35am: 20-minute guided mindfulness meditation
11:35am-12:05pm: Teaching
12:05-12:20pm: Q&A, comments/reflections, and community building
12:20-12:30pm: Closing meditation and announcements

Upcoming Special Events:

On Tuesday, December 7th 7:00-8:30pm there will be a second special event of Sitting With Su***de: Mindfulness, Deep Suffering, and Hope with Dr. Jamie Gamboa.

Register at: https://insightla.org/event/sitting-with-su***de-dec-7/

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As always, if you are considering giving up or you know someone who might be at risk for su***de, please call 800-273-TALK (8255) and visit: https://su***depreventionlifeline.org/

Since April 2020, the InsightLA Deep Suffering H.O.PE. Affinity & Mindfulness Practice Group has been a refuge, sanctuary, and safe harbor for those of us who feel at times lost, without judgement, shame, or pressure.

The opposite of deep suffering is not just the absence of suffering. The opposite of deep suffering is connection.

Questions or comments about the group? Please reach out to any of our team at:

Brian:

[email protected]***de.org

[email protected]***de.com
Hello everyone,

By popular demand, this Saturday we will talk about "How To Talk To Your Family and Friends About Su***de."

This Saturday 11/6 11:00am-12:30pm (PT)

All are welcome to join our weekly Saturday InsightLA H.O.P.E. Affinity & Practice Group focusing on mental health and deep suffering. Healing Ourselves Through the Present Experience

Donation based only please - $0 to $5

Register here:
https://insightla.org/event/su***de

We will discuss – and practice – the importance of connection, community, and compassion.

There will be a 15-20 minute guided meditation, followed by a teaching and time for conversation, discussion, and questions.

Also join for our next Special Event with Dr. Jamie Gamboa:
On Tuesday December 7th 7-8:30 for Sitting With Su***de: Mindfulness, Deep Suffering, and Hope. https://insightla.org/event/sitting-with-su***de-dec-7/

As always, if you are considering giving up or if you know someone who might be at risk for su***de, please call 800-273-TALK (8255) and visit: https://su***depreventionlifeline.org/

Since April 2020, the InsightLA Deep Suffering Affinity Group – H.O.PE. has been a refuge and sanctuary for those of us who feel lost at times, without judgement, shame, or pressure.

The opposite of deep suffering is not just the absence of suffering. The opposite of deep suffering is connection.

Questions or comments about the group?
[email protected]***de.org
On Saturday I walked in my third D.C. Out of the Darkness Walk to raise funds for the American Foundation for Su***de Prevention - NATIONAL CAPITAL AREA. It was incredible to join my fellow board members and chapter leaders at the Lincoln Memorial once again! Thank you to everyone who came and who supports our important work to save lives and bring hope to those affected by su***de.
When I started DC101's #TeamOneMoreLight I could never imagine the impact we could make or the money we could raise in the fight to #StopSu***de. Year five of our team and our first year back since #COVID changed our world and we raised over $50,000 for the American Foundation for Su***de Prevention - NATIONAL CAPITAL AREA which brings our overall total to over $250,000 for AFSP since 2017.

Amazing.

Inspiring.

Humbling.

Heartfelt thanks to Leidos for partnering with us on this worthy cause, my co-workers and bosses at DC101 for seeing my vision of the work we could do and bringing it to life, Ellen and the entire team at the American Foundation For Su***de Prevention for educating me on this issue, then showing me how one voice can make a difference. There is no way I can express my appreciation and gratitude to Barry, Zack, Eric, and Brent of Shinedown and their team at In De Goot for their unwavering support of this event. They've donated thousands of dollars and countless hours of their free time to #BeTheVoice of the voiceless. Brent and Zack, you have a friend for life in me.

Finally, thanks to YOU. Whether you've walked with us at some point, made a donation to our team, or just heard me talking about su***de prevention on the radio, you've made a difference. We let everyone know that's ok not to be ok. It's ok to talk about mental health. It's ok to ask for help. Together, we are ending the stigma of mental health. And yes, you CAN still donate to our team.

https://dc101.iheart.com/featured/roche/content/2021-10-26-join-roche-and-shinedown-in-the-fight-to-stopsu***de/

The National Capital Area Chapter was established in July 2010. To Save Lives and Bring Hope to Those Affected by Su***de The American Foundation for Su***de Prevention (AFSP) is the leading national not-for-profit dedicated to understanding and preventing su***de through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by su***de.

Operating as usual

03/10/2022

Suicide Prevention in the Corrections Environment: An Interview with Ryan Price of AFSP’s Project 2025

Tune in now!

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We invite clinicians to join us online March 21 & 22 for this CE eligible workshop, which will provide a focused overview of the impact of suicide on survivors, and the clinical and support responses that are needed after a suicide occurs. Register online at https://sbctindiana.attendease.com/

City of Alexandria expands pill box and gun lock distribution program to further prevent suicide 03/09/2022

City of Alexandria expands pill box and gun lock distribution program to further prevent suicide

Shout out to the City of Alexandria for expanding distribution of FREE securement devices for medications and firearms, which are proven ways to limit access to means during crisis and effectively prevent suicide. This initiative is statewide in Virginia and we encourage you to contact your local Community Services Board (CSB) for information about other pickup locations!
Police Department, City of Alexandria, Virginia
Alex311 - City of Alexandria, VA Government
https://bit.ly/3J1GIob

City of Alexandria expands pill box and gun lock distribution program to further prevent suicide ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WDVM) — The City of Alexandria will be expanding its gun and pill lock distribution program. The initiative is part of a state-wide campaign that began in 2019 for suicide pr…

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We are so grateful for the dedication of volunteers like Cindy, whose hard work and positivity are integral to serving our mission of saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide! Please join us in celebrating Cindy today!

Suicide Rate Decreases by 3 Percent for Second Consecutive Year According to Most Recent CDC Data (Year 2020) 03/07/2022

Suicide Rate Decreases by 3 Percent for Second Consecutive Year According to Most Recent CDC Data (Year 2020)

"As the nation’s largest private funder of suicide research, we know that concentrated, strategic, culturally competent and evidence-based suicide prevention efforts can save lives. Through these efforts, and by all working together, we have the ability to keep bending the suicide curve down."" - Dr. Christine Yu Moutier, Chief Medical Officer

The CDC has released its most recent data related to suicide for the year 2020. Read our statement: https://afsp.org/story/suicide-rate-decreases-by-3-percent-for-second-consecutive-year

Suicide Rate Decreases by 3 Percent for Second Consecutive Year According to Most Recent CDC Data (Year 2020) In 2020, there were 45,979 suicide deaths; in 2019 there were 47,511 suicide deaths, a decrease of 1,532 deaths. From 2019 to 2020 the overall national U.S. suicide rate declined by 3 percent, including 8 percent among females and 2 percent among males.

Photos from American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - NATIONAL CAPITAL AREA's post 03/06/2022

Our chapter board celebrating the many accomplishments and things to come in the National Capital area! Shout out to Wayne for serving up a great dinner, and to DJ Ennis for keeping the mood lively with some upbeat tunes!
#stopsuicide #stopsuicidencac

03/05/2022

This weekend the NCAC Board of Directors is making plans for FY23 and we are so excited for the future!
#stopsuicide
#stopsuicidencac

03/04/2022

Coming Together to Prevent Suicide in Black Communities

Last week, @AFSPnational moderated a conversation with experts on the topic of Coming Together to Prevent Suicide in Black Communities. Watch the informative discussion here: https://fb.watch/bnEzZ0h-vk/

Teens and suicide: What parents should know 03/02/2022

Teens and suicide: What parents should know

Today is #WorldTeenMentalWellnessDay! If you care for a teenager, approach suicide prevention the same way you do other safety or health issues. Learn what puts kids at greatest risk for suicide – and what protects them most strongly: https://afsp.org/teens-and-suicide-what-parents-should-know

Teens and suicide: What parents should know As a parent, you can approach suicide prevention in the same way you do other safety or health issues for your children. By educating yourself, you can learn what puts kids at greatest risk for suicide – and what protects them most strongly.

Why I Draw Comics About My Depression 03/01/2022

Why I Draw Comics About My Depression

"My light-hearted comics open up a door that lets people know they don’t have to hide or feel shame about their struggles with self-harm or addictive behaviors," shares Holly Chisholm. Read more of her story today for #SelfInjuryAwarenessDay: https://afsp.org/story/why-i-draw-comics-about-my-depression

Why I Draw Comics About My Depression Around the same time I was feeling suicidal, I started drawing my thoughts and feelings, and posting them on Instagram as a comic series about living with depression. I wanted to show some of the (sometimes darker) humor and absurdity in feeling sad or anxious all the time, and named my series “Ju...

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Mark your calendars for Monday, March 14th! We are looking for volunteers who are passionate about prevention and would like to help create a meaningful experience for our walkers at the 2022 Manassas Out of the Darkness Walk!
https://ncacmanassasvols.attendease.com

02/24/2022

Don’t miss out!! Happening today until 7pm!

Hanging with the fine people of Idiom Brewing Co., sipping the brand new DC101 “Face the Music” IPA, raising money for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - NATIONAL CAPITAL AREA, listening to some tunes. Life is good 🍻 here til 7P!

Visit Fauquier County, Virginia #febrewary

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Don't forget to join us tonight at 7pm for a presentation of "More Than Sad: Teen Depression"! Learn more about depression, treatment options, and how to encourage teens in your life to seek help when they need it. Register free at https://bit.ly/3hbK6jY

02/24/2022

Don't miss today's virtual town hall, Elevating Voices for Long-Lasting Change, on Facebook at American Foundation for Suicide Prevention starting at 2pm ET!

02/21/2022

Tune in this Thursday, February 24th for our virtual town hall, Elevating Voices for Long-Lasting Change, on Facebook at American Foundation for Suicide Prevention starting at 2pm ET!

Research Grants 2021 02/20/2022

Research Grants 2021

AFSP is the largest private funder of suicide prevention research! Check out our digital booklet to get a snapshot of what research we've been supporting in 2021:
https://bit.ly/3gMdA88

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02/19/2022

Meeting People Where They Are

Reaching people where they are is key to help take into account cultural differences. Watch to learn more from suicide prevention researcher Diana Clarke, Ph.D. of the American Psychiatric Association and Black Mental Health Alliance for Education & Consultation, Inc.:

I Walk to Reach the Mountain 02/18/2022

I Walk to Reach the Mountain

"I walk because AFSP is striving to make sure those who are struggling will no longer face those roadblocks ahead, so the true focus will lie on the climb to recovery."

Read more from Meredith Henning, Director of OOTD Walks & Charity Streaming: https://afsp.org/story/i-walk-to-reach-the-mountain

I Walk to Reach the Mountain I walk because AFSP is striving to make sure those who are struggling will no longer face roadblocks ahead, so the true focus will lie on the climb to recovery.

02/18/2022

Tune in next Thursday, February 24th for our virtual town hall, Elevating Voices for Long-Lasting Change, on Facebook at American Foundation for Suicide Prevention starting at 2pm ET!

Photos from American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - NATIONAL CAPITAL AREA's post 02/17/2022

Mark your calendars for our upcoming education programs for the rest of February and throughout March! Visit afsp.org/NCAC to view all events and register for free to participate.

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Reminder! ⬇️

Artwork by @morganharpernichols

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Everyone’s healing journey looks different. Whether you are healing from the loss of a loved one or your own personal experiences, there is at least one common theme – it takes courage. 💙

Artwork by @anxiety.positive

Finding Peace After a Suicide: One Walker's Healing Journey in Nature 02/15/2022

Finding Peace After a Suicide: One Walker's Healing Journey in Nature

After the passing of her son, Nancy McGlasson developed a strong connection to nature in order to find peace. She has participated in Out of the Darkness Walks and guides others in an environmental ritual to remember loved ones. Read more: https://afsp.org/story/finding-peace-after-a-suicide-one-walker-s-healing-journey-in-nature

Finding Peace After a Suicide: One Walker's Healing Journey in Nature An ode to the out of darkness community walks and the joy of finding peace and healing in nature after loss.

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Sending you love on this #ValentinesDay ❤️ 💙💛

Day in and day out, you inspire us with your strength, passion, and vulnerability. Thank you for being here.

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Tag someone!

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Take this as your inspiration to message or tag someone you’re thinking about today 💕

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Good morning! Start your day with some self-love ❤️

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You are not alone 💙

The Biggest Case of My Life 02/08/2022

The Biggest Case of My Life

Geoffrey Melada is an NCAC volunteer and Director of Communications for the Treatment Advocacy Center. Here he shares his story of hope and healing.

Join him and many others in our mission to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide by visiting our website to sign up as a volunteer (afsp.org/NCAC).

https://afsp.org/story/the-biggest-case-of-my-life

The Biggest Case of My Life An attorney shares his story of healing and finding hope through advocacy after his father died by suicide.

Timeline photos 02/08/2022

Are you considering seeking help from a mental health professional? They can help diagnose mental health conditions, provide relief and strategies to improve your wellbeing, and offer an objective viewpoint to ultimately help you feel better.

There is no shame in engaging in therapy and we have resources to help you get started. Find a mental health professional: afsp.org/findaprofessional

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Sometimes it's hard to get back into a groove after the weekend, but use this as your #MondayMotivation – you are enough.

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Tag someone you're grateful for! 💛

Artwork by @hellomynameiswednesday (on Instagram)

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A simple conversation can save a life. Wondering how you can recognize those at risk and start a #RealConvo? Join us this Sunday from 4-5pm for a free presentation of "Talk Saves Lives: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention". Register online at https://ncactsl020622.attendease.com/

Timeline photos 02/05/2022

Make time for #MentalHealth.

🕐 Talk to a therapist
🕓 Check in on your friends
🕖 Step outside for fresh air
🕙 Slow down with meditation

Artwork by @brittdoesdesign

Suicide Prevention (AFSP) - Community D.C. | iHeart 02/04/2022

Suicide Prevention (AFSP) - Community D.C. | iHeart

In light of recent news, many people are looking to better understand suicide, why it happens, and what we can be doing to prevent it. Check out our recent interview with iHeartRadio host Bernie Lucas, where we answer many questions that people often wonder about this public health issue.

https://www.iheart.com/podcast/800-community-dc-28487500/episode/suicide-prevention-afsp-92483200/?cmp=web_share&embed=true&pname=fb&campid=s&keyid=1648800577&fbclid=IwAR17hJIqDwV3QUNDkgqU_0_Dqm3vuCuHOiD-vRX9HTGMUfRClBdxjCfj9hU

Suicide Prevention (AFSP) - Community D.C. | iHeart Talking about suicide can save lives. Hear about risk factors, warning signs, how to react, and the importance of how we talk about suicide. Info/help: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (or 988 – now available in Virginia) or text TALK to 741741. ww...

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