September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
Suicide Prevention Awareness Month provides a dedicated time to come together and start a dialogue about mental health conditions and suicide prevention. It’s a time to raise awareness to help ensure that individuals, families, and friends have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention and seek help.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) suicide is the second leading cause of death among people aged 10–34 and the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.
The overall suicide rate (in the U.S.) has increased by 35 percent since 1999 (NAMI).
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, there’s no single cause for suicide. Depression, anxiety, and substance problems - especially those that aren’t addressed - are conditions that increase the risk of suicide. Learning more about the risk factors and warning signs can save lives.
Risk factors include:
Mental health conditions that include depression, substance use problems, anxiety disorders, Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia.
A family history of suicide.
A history of trauma or abuse.
Stressful life events such as divorce, financial crisis, other life transitions.
A recent tragedy or loss.
A serious or chronic medical illness.
Prolonged stress, for example from unemployment, bullying, or relationship problems.
There are a number of warning signs that a person may exhibit through what they say, as well as through their behavior and mood. Warning signs include:
Talking about feeling hopeless, trapped, or having no reason to live.
Talking about killing themselves.
Withdrawing from activities.
Withdrawing from friends, family, and community.
Increased alcohol or drug use.
Dramatic mood swings.
Loss of interest.
Giving away possessions.
Saying goodbye to friends and family.
It’s important to know that suicidal thoughts can affect anyone - regardless of age, gender or background - and often indicate more serious issues. Not taking these thoughts seriously can have devastating outcomes.
If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by dialing 988 (which was the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s dialing code of 800-273-TALK previous to 988) or call 911 immediately.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - https://afsp.org/risk-factors-protective-factors-and-warning-signs
National Alliance on Mental Illness - https://www.nami.org/About-Mental-Illness/Common-with-Mental- Illness/Risk-of-Suicide
and https://www.nami.org/NAMI/media/NAMI- Media/Infographics/NAMI_Suicide_2020_FINAL.pdf
The holidays can be a very stressful time of year. For some, it can be a time of reflection of “days gone by”, which can bring about feelings of loneliness or sadness. Older adults and individuals who are grieving may be particularly vulnerable to these feelings. The holidays may become overwhelming. As a result, some may withdraw and avoid social interaction. Although avoidance is the path of least resistance, it’s important to maintain social connections.
Old Colony Elder Services (OCES), the non-profit agency serving older adults and individuals with disabilities throughout Plymouth County and surrounding communities, has kicked off a #GivingTuesday campaign to support the expansion of the agency’s behavioral health services.
November is National Family Caregivers Month. It’s a time to recognize and honor family caregivers – spouses, partners, adult children caring for parents, grandparents caring for grandchildren, relatives, friends and neighbors - who step up to support their loved ones in countless ways.
Colleen Berroa, a resident of Brockton, MA, has been appointed Human Resources Manager at Old Colony Elder Services (OCES), the non-profit agency proudly serving older adults and individuals with disabilities throughout Plymouth County and surrounding towns. OCES has offices in Brockton and Plymouth.
October is Global Diversity Awareness Month, a time to celebrate diversity and inclusion. According to National Today Global Diversity Awareness Month FAQS, it “is a reminder of the positive impact a diverse culture of people can have on society as a whole.”
Old Colony Elder Services (OCES), the non-profit agency with offices in Brockton and Plymouth and proudly serving older adults and individuals with disabilities throughout greater Plymouth County, has been honored as one of Cape & Plymouth Business Media 2023 Best Places to Work.
HANOVER AND PLYMOUTH, MA... Support a good cause with a day of fun at Starland in Hanover! Old Colony Elder Services (OCES) will host a fundraiser on September 17, 2023 from 12:00 pm – 6:00 p.m. at Starland Sportsplex and Fun Park at 637 Washington Street in Hanover.
September is Falls Prevention Awareness Month. OCES to hold Virtual Falls Prevention Presentations on September 13th
BROCKTON AND PLYMOUTH, MA… September is Falls Prevention Awareness month. Old Colony Elder Services (OCES), a nonprofit agency that supports the independence and dignity of older adults and individuals with disabilities by providing essential information and services that promote healthy and safe living, is offering two free virtual Falls Prevention presentations on September 13, 2023.
BROCKTON AND PLYMOUTH, MA… Do you struggle with Hoarding Disorder or excessive clutter? Old Colony Elder Services (OCES), the non-profit agency proudly serving older adults and individuals with disabilities throughout greater Plymouth County, is offering a Buried in Treasures free in-person workshop series to offer support for individuals with hoarding tendencies.