National Suicide Prevention Month!!!

September is National Suicide Prevention Month!!!! Take a moment to think about supporting the efforts of those working with at risk populations, prevention hotlines, and mental health professionals that are working daily to prevent suicide.suicide_speak_reach

I support The Trevor Project, http://www.thetrevorproject.org the leading suicide prevention organization focusing on LGBTQ youth, but there are many great organizations out there. If nothing else, read one article about suicide prevention and warning signs.

Did you know?

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among young people ages 10 to 24.

  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among young people ages 10 to 24.
  • LGBT youth are 4 times more likely, and questioning youth are 3 times more likely, to attempt suicide as their straight peers.
  • Suicide attempts by LGBT youth and questioning youth are 4 to 6 times more likely to result in injury, poisoning, or overdose that requires treatment from a doctor or nurse, compared to their straight peers.
  • Nearly half of young transgender people have seriously thought about taking their lives, and one quarter report having made a suicide attempt.
  • LGBT youth who come from highly rejecting families are 8.4 times as likely to have attempted suicide as LGBT peers who reported no or low levels of family rejection.
  • 1 out of 6 students nationwide (grades 9-12) seriously considered suicide in the past year.
  • Suicide attempts are nearly two times higher among Black and Hispanic youth than White youth.
  • Each episode of LGBT victimization, such as physical or verbal harassment or abuse, increases the likelihood of self-harming behavior by 2.5 times on average.

Source: http://www.thetrevorproject.org/pages/facts-about-suicide

Disclaimer: The content of this blog and any opinions, observations, or ideas are mine and not associated in any way with my employer, The Reedy Creek Improvement District.

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Michael Stevens answers “How much does a video weigh?”

imageseeMichael Stevens is framing interesting questions in order to draw attention to his educational videos, and it works. How can we use this in Public Safety to spark creativity and critical thinking skills?

Watch below and let me know what you think.

Disclaimer: The content of this blog and any opinions, observations, or ideas are mine and not associated in any way with my employer, The Reedy Creek Improvement District.

Technology in Action

The Trevor Project logo color [Converted]While most of my posts on this blog center around Public Safety Communications, my interest in technology isn’t limited by industry or career. Several non-profit organizations are taking the lead in developing technology strategies to improve their communications, provide wider access to services they provide, and educate the population at large.

One of these organizations is The Trevor Project. As stated on their website, “The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.”

The Trevor Project has several operational services, the most critical of which is the 24/7 call centers devoted to answering calls from youth and young adults in crisis or considering suicide. The Trevor Project also offers programs devoted to answering letters that are not critical in nature on topics ranging from sexual orientation to battling depression. Live chats are held on certain days of the week in order to reach as many people as possible who may not be able to call the Trevor Lifeline. They have built and operate a social network for LGBTQ youth and young adults to provide a safe place to communicate with peers. They create and present workshops throughout the year to educate youth, schools, civic organizations and beyond on the issue related to LGBTQ suicide.

Earlier this month, The Trevor Project announced that they are developing a platform to allow youth and young adults in need to send text messages. This could help alleviate the stress associated with dialing the call center as it would allow users with a cell phone to communicate with a trained volunteer wherever they are located. Making a call to a call center is a big step, and while the services is exceptional, not every young person has the ability to be alone in order to talk to a counselor or volunteer. Texting makes sense, and could save lives.imagesCAOM7NB4

The Trevor Project is committed to serving young people and saving lives, they are also committed to developing processes that make it easier for those in need to reach out.

Check out The Trevor Project’s home page, they are an amazing organization that is taking the lead through technology and laying the ground work for the future of non-profit service related organizations.

Also, if you work in non-profits, what other types of technology are you using to reach your target audience and provide the services you offer? Feel free to share in the comments section, I look forward to hearing from you.

Disclaimer: I fully support the work that The Trevor Project is doing and I am an active volunteer.

Disclaimer: The content of this blog and any opinions, observations, or ideas are mine and not associated in any way with my employer, The Reedy Creek Improvement District.