Suicide prevention and awareness resources

September is recognized as National Suicide Prevention Month. The goal is to bring more awareness to the issues that surround suicide and break down barriers for people to seek support. Raising awareness about mental health needs and resources that are readily available is an everyday necessity for our community.

With this in mind, Riverwood Healthcare Center is promoting resources that are available to the community to increase knowledge and understanding of suicide and suicidal thoughts. The main takeaway message we want to share: There is HOPE! There is HELP!

These community resources for suicide prevention are currently available:

  • Local Crisis and Referral Service Line, 24 hours a day 7 days a week: 218-828-4357 or 1-800-462-5525.
  • The Lifeline and 988: As of July 16, 2022, 988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (now known as the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline) and is now active across the United States. When people call, text, or chat 988, they will be connected to trained counselors that are part of the existing Lifeline network. These trained counselors will listen, understand how their problems are affecting them, provide support, and connect them to resources if necessary. The previous Lifeline phone number (1-800-273-8255) will always remain available to people in emotional distress or suicidal crisis.

As a community we can make a difference by starting with our education about suicide and resources to prevent suicide. It is through this education that we can create a community of support for those who are struggling with their mental health.