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I Choose Today

Greetings,

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. During this month, we take the opportunity to raise awareness and provide mental health resources. This year, it became clear that raising awareness is not enough. What we need are better skills to help us create meaningful connections with others and proactively care for our mental health.

That’s where the #IChooseToday: Safe Plan, Safe People, Safe Living campaign comes in. This campaign is designed to help us create safety plans, normalize conversations about mental health, and build a life that puts our safety at the forefront.

Throughout this month, we will be joined by three Kansas experts to help us as we build these skills. Meg Fowler, MSW, Program Coordinator for the Kansas Suicide Prevention HQ, will walk us through what a safety plan is and how to create one. Katrina Jackson Breeden, MS, LCMFT, Real Life Counseling, will give us tips on building connections with others and talking about mental health and suicide in a supportive way. Dr. Jason Deselms, Ph.D., Suicide Prevention Coordinator - Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center, will share safe storage practices for firearms and medications in your home.

Please join the movement by downloading the social media toolkit and posting throughout the month of September. You can also share the website and invite your partners to become part of the movement as well.

Thank you for your tireless work for Kansas communities.

The Kansas Prevention Collaborative