Finding hope and raising awareness during National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Dear employee,

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Whitney Abrams, Chief People Officer, King County Executive Office

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness and recognize that suicide prevention works, help is available, and recovery is possible.

Suicide has warning signs, and I encourage you to take the time to learn them. Connecting to help for yourself, a loved one, or a colleague can make the world of difference. Effective and compassionate resources are available, 24 hours a day, and many people have found hope and support through them:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
  • Making Life Easier: Call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 1-888-874-7290 (for King County employees and their families). Making Life Easier has counselors available 24/7 and can help in a crisis as well as get you or anyone living in your home set up with counseling (8 free sessions).
  • Crisis Connections:  24 hour crisis line:  866-4CRISIS (427-4747).
  • Crisis Text Line: Text trained crisis counselors about anything that’s on your mind. Free, 24/7 and confidential. Text “HOME to 741741,
  • For immediate crises, call 911 right away.

You can also learn more and get additional information at:

By taking the time to learn the warning signs and how to get support, we can all help someone in crisis.

Sincerely,

 

 

Whitney Abrams
Chief People Officer
King County Executive Office