Empowering Support: Arthur Center Community Health Presents on Suicide Prevention

Empowering Support: Arthur Center Community Health Presents on Suicide Prevention

On Wednesday, March 13, Arthur Center Community Health delivered a presentation on suicide prevention to Missouri Military Academy cadets, faculty and staff. The comprehensive session covered essential topics, including the impact of social media on mental health, destigmatizing struggles with mental well-being, fostering a supportive environment, recognizing warning signs and effectively communicating concerns, even in potentially awkward situations. 

Cadets were empowered to make a positive difference for one another, whether through simple gestures like offering a smile or a friendly greeting, to more meaningful actions like sharing encouragement. Cadets were also provided with suicide prevention resources, such as 988, and had an opportunity to participate in a Q&A.

What is 988?

As of July 2022, the United States has implemented the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline's new three-digit number, 988, as an easier-to-remember alternative to the existing ten-digit hotline. Much like its predecessor, 988 connects individuals in crisis with trained counselors who offer immediate support and resources to those contemplating suicide or experiencing emotional distress. This streamlined access to assistance aims to reduce barriers to seeking help and ensure that individuals in crisis receive the support they need promptly. If you or someone you know is struggling, don't hesitate to call 988 for confidential and compassionate assistance. Remember, help is always available and you are not alone.

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By promoting awareness and access to these resources, the presentation underscored the importance of reaching out for help and fostering a supportive community where individuals feel valued, understood and supported. Thank you to Arthur Center Community Health for supporting our cadets!

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