Sacramento, CA

'Talk Saves Lives: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention' to be given online May 4

D.J. Eaton
The virtual event is being held by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.Photo byRémi WalleonUnsplash

An online event about ways to prevent suicides will be held by the Sacramento chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention on May 4. Those wishing to participate in Talk Saves Lives: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention can register for one of three one-hour Zoom sessions scheduled for 9:00 a.m., 12:00 noon and 6:00 p.m.

Participants will be taught how to identify warning signs and risk factors of suicide. There will also be an opportunity to learn about the foundation, which is trying to bring about a 20 percent reduction in the national suicide rate by 2025.

The Sacramento chapter will hold an Out of the Darkness Campus Walk at the University of California, Davis on May 20. Participants can register online for the fundraising event. Registration is free. There is also a need for volunteers.

The virtual event on May 4 is one of the Big Day of Giving activities planned by Sacramento area nonprofits.

People in emotional distress or troubled by suicidal thoughts are encouraged to call 988 for immediate help. The service is available 24/7. The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline also has a website where it is possible to chat. The Veterans Crisis Line can be contacted by calling 988 and then pressing 1.

Project Semicolon is a nonprofit working for suicide prevention and mental health. Many of the people involved in the organization are survivors of attempted suicide. The nonprofit has designated April 16 as World Semicolon Day.

The organization offers moral support to people coping with mental health difficulties, but it does not operate its own hotline. It encourages those in distress to call 988 or another hotline.

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