This September the City of Edmonds, the Edmonds Waterfront Center, Verdant, Snohomish Health District, and other partners are raising awareness and bringing the community together around suicide prevention. Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, race, orientation, income level, religion, or background; and according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death among adults, and the 2nd leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34 in the United States. Residents age 65 and older comprise about 13% of the U.S. population but account for over 18% of all suicides, with the most common cause for elderly suicide, as for all suicides, is untreated depression.
This month we will be marking National Suicide Prevention Month and highlighting free, anonymous resources available in our community.
September 23, 7 p.m. PDT: A community panel about mental health and suicide prevention to foster discussion and encourage mental health advocacy. You can access the Zoom event here: [link provided soon]
o Margaret Browne, Premera (moderator)
o Tim Krivanek, Board Member Washington chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
o Michelle Reitan, Edmonds Waterfront Center
o Scriber Lake High School students
o John Richards, KEXP DJ and mental health advocate
Only a call, or click, away
If you are in crisis, there are many free and anonymous resources available throughout our community:
Snohomish County Crisis Resources list
Additionally, many of life’s stresses can contribute to our mental health and wellbeing. If you need assistance with housing, food, utility, childcare or medical costs, you may be eligible to receive support. More information is available here:
Snohomish County Community Resources
Edmonds Housing and Supplementary Relief Program
City of Edmonds, Snohomish Health District, Verdant, and others
For More Information or to Register:
Visit the City of Edmonds website for more details, and the Zoom link will be added soon
Online using Zoom, a web-based video conferencing platform that is free. This class can be access from a computer, tablet, or smartphone with internet access. We recommend testing your device’s Zoom capabilities by visiting https://zoom.us/test prior to your use of Zoom.