Happy September! We are preparing for many events and exciting organizational updates as we near the end of summer.
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. Suicidal thoughts, although common, can sometimes indicate a need for check in or follow up.
September is a time to raise awareness of this stigmatized, and often taboo, topic. We can use this month to shift public perception, spread hope and share vital information to people experiencing suicidal ideation or those who may know someone expressing these thoughts and feelings. Let's work together to ensure that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention and to seek help.
Research has consistently shown that “women who are sexually abused show a 12- to 20-fold increase in suicide attempts. Child sexual abuse confers a 150 percent increased risk of later suicidal behavior (MacIsaac, Bugeja, & Jelinek, 2017).
In a national study, heterosexual women who had experienced physical violence by a partner were more than seven times more likely to report current suicidal ideation than their counterparts who had not experienced IPV after controlling for sociodemographic variables, childhood abuse, and psychiatric disorders (Afifi, et al., 2009).
Thank you to all who joined us in the Miner's Day parade!
Family Dinner in the Park is happening Monday, September 12 at 5:30 PM. Arrive early to get your meals - they are first come first serve! The event takes place at 100 S Southfield Road (Southfield Park).
Peace House will host a prevention and awareness both at a Community Fair on Saturday, September 17 from 9 AM to 2 PM. We would like to provide community members a chance to connect to resources and programs available in Summit and Wasatch Counties. There will be games and activities as well! The event will be held at the Wasatch County Senior Center.
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Fall is a busy time for Peace House, and we have quite a few exciting events coming up! Our annual "Be the Light" march and candlelight vigil are both great opportunities to become involved with Peace House.
If you are interested in being a sponsor and helping spread awareness in our community, please contact Sally@peacehouse.org for more information.
We are in need of donations of clothing and food items, and Smiths, Amex and Visa gift cards. Purchase items for survivors by going to our Walmart registry.