HONOLULU – To increase awareness about suicide prevention resources and support available to families, communities in Hawaii and across the nation are collaborating to host events during National Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 7-13. The week marks the days leading up to and after World Suicide Prevention Day on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015. This year’s national theme is “Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives”.
“As a society, we need to do more to prevent suicide,” said Larry Walter, Prevent Suicide Hawaii Task Force, Chair. “Increasing public awareness of this health problem, including warning signs and risk factors, is one of the best prevention tools we have.”
Hawaii data on suicides
Suicide is a significant public health problem in Hawaii.
National data on suicides:
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is sponsoring state-wide “Out of the Darkness” community walks to honor loved ones who died by suicide.
2015 SUICIDE PREVENTION (SP) STATEWIDE EVENTS & CONTACT INFORMATION
Oahu – Contact Pua Kaninau-Santos (808) 851-7786 email@example.com
Sept. 4 – Mayor’s Proclamation Signing (10 am.) Mayor’s office, Honolulu Hale
Sept. 10 & 11 – Pacific Regional Behavioral Health Summit at Tripler Army Medical Center. Conference website: http://www.tamc.amedd.army.mil/prmc/prbhsummit/
Sept. 12 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Out of the Darkness Walk, Ala Moana Beach Park
Sept. 13 (11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.) Suicide Prevention Joint Service Health Fair, FT Shafter, contact – LTC Tara Davis at (315) 448-8226
East Hawaii: Contact: Jo Balberde-Kamalii (808) 895-8271, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sept. 8 – National Sign waving – Hamakua to Puna.
Sept. 10 – Worldwide Suicide Prevention Day, various homes
Sept. 19 – Hilo Pride Parade – 10 a.m., Hilo Bay Front
Sept. 23 – Hospice Hilo Survivors of Suicide Candlelight Vigil, Hospice of Hilo
Community PSAs throughout the month of September – Local Media
West Hawaii: Contact: Nancy Sallee at (808) 324-1815 or (808) 333-8988 email@example.com
Sept. 11 – Suicide survivor vigil – 5:30 p.m. – Old Airport beach pavilion, Kona
Sept. 19 – Suicide Awareness & Prevention WALK – 8:30 a.m. – WHT parking lot, Kuakini Hwy.
Sept. 8 – Mayor’s Proclamation Signing – 3:30 pm – Mayor’s Conference Room, County Building, Wailuku
Sept. 8-11, Suicide Prevention Campaign (school wide announcements with facts about suicide and signs of depression, Baldwin High School
Sept. 19 – Maui County Kokua Fair – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Front lawn of the County Building in Wailuku
Sept. 19 – Oct. 1 – “Help is Available” presentation, Baldwin High School
Kauai: Contact: Gina Kaulukukui – (808) 651-6637 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sept. 10 – Sign Waving at four locations
For more information on National Suicide Prevention Week, please contact Nancy Deeley at the Injury Prevention and Control Section of the Hawaii State Department of Health at: (808) 733-9238 or email@example.com
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