Everyone has a place in the Big Picture. Everyone has a contribution to make, something important to do, and a purpose waiting to be fulfilled. We want to give people the message that feeling down or depressed is a common experience.
Reaching out for help is a healthy response and, when trauma hits, help is especially important. Asking for help does not mean that they are helpless or that they cannot do things on their own. It is an act of courage, not a sign of weakness. We want people to know that they can go to a trusted peer or adult for help and they will be able to respond or connect them to professionals who can help.
We want to offer hope by helping people connect to their family, their friends, their community, and helping professionals. We must learn to make these connections for each person individually by focusing more on their assets than on their liabilities, building on their strengths, and offering support.
Umatter for Schools Suicide Prevention is a two-day training program that provides school teams, which include an administrative liaison, teachers, administrators, counselors, nurses and other staff, with the knowledge and skills to develop a comprehensive, asset-based approach to suicide prevention at their school. Teams are encouraged to bring a mental health professional from the community that they work with.
When a suicide occurs it affects an entire community. This program educates the professionals that work within our communities to be effective in suicide prevention efforts. With the goal of strengthening the mental health and wellness of our communities and averting crisis, these trainings are designed for community professionals who work in the areas of law enforcement, fire and rescue, emergency care, social services, mental health, faith services, health care, youth services, counseling, and funeral services. Involving professional groups in suicide prevention efforts creates “prevention- prepared” communities, ready to prevent suicide and/or respond should such a tragedy happen.
Umatter for Youth and Young Adults is a youth leadership and engagement initiative. The goal is to promote mental health wellness: healthy coping mechanisms among youth and young adults, and the ability to recognize when a peer needs help and how to provide it. The aim is to foster healthy community cultures for youth and young adults that promote mental health and resiliency, and which address issues such as bullying and substance abuse prevention within a continuum from prevention through recovery.