Bryan teams with NET Television to produce suicide education program
Suicide is a preventable public health challenge that impacts all ages. Simply talking about suicide with someone you think is at risk can help save a life. Bringing this sensitive subject to light is the mission of a new program, co-produced by Bryan Mental Health Services and NET Television.
"Ask A Question, Save A Life," first aired Thursday, September 8 on NET2. The program will air again on NET2 Television on Thursday, September 22 at 8 p.m., Sunday, September 25 at 2 p.m., Thursday, October 13 at 7 p.m., Sunday, October 16 at 1 p.m., Thursday, October 27 at 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 30 at 2:30 p.m.
This program will look at three groups at high risk for suicide: youth (suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people in Nebraska), the military and older adults.
Bryan Mental Health Services Manager David Miers, Phd, has contributed significantly to the program. He stresses that suicide is a threat that impacts all demographics, yet is preventable. "As people become more educated about suicide prevention, we can save more lives," he says. "There is a myth that if we talk about suicide, it will give someone the idea. This is indeed a myth. One of the best things we can do is to talk about it. Raising the question of suicide without shock or disapproval shows that you are taking the person seriously and responding to their pain."
This educational venture is cosponsored by Bryan Medical Center, the Kim Foundation, Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition, Interchurch Ministries of Nebraska, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, and the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center.
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