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Bayonne library to host Suicide Prevention and Awareness seminar

The presentation will be on April 28 at the library at 31st Street and Avenue C

The Bayonne Public Library is at 697 Avenue C. Photo courtesy of the city.

A Suicide Awareness and Prevention seminar is coming to the Bayonne Library this month.

Post 19 of the American Legion and the Bayonne Free Public Library announced that they will sponsor the presentation on Thursday, April 28, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the second floor gallery of the library. The building is located at 31st Street and Avenue C.

“I would like to commend Post 19 and the library for setting up a session on this important topic,” Mayor James Davis said. “It could help veterans and other residents get the help that is needed for themselves or for others.”

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At the event, representatives of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will be making the presentation. The speakers are a special team trained to assist the public and to explain the warning signs of suicide.

This presentation is open to both veterans and the general public. The speakers will explain that suicide is preventable, and that people can learn about the warning signs. Attendees will learn where and how to get help for those in need, even if that someone is them.

If you know that someone is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273- TALK (8255), or text the Crisis Text Line by texting Hello to 741741. Both services are free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and all calls are confidential.

The Veterans Crisis Line connects military service members and veterans in crisis, as well as their family members and friends, with qualified Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text messaging service.

Spot the warning signs

Suicide does not discriminate. People of all genders, ages, and ethnicities can be at risk. Suicidal behavior is complex, and there is no single cause.

Most people who have risk factors will not attempt suicide, and it is difficult to tell who will act on suicidal thoughts. Although risk factors for suicide are important to keep in mind, someone who is showing warning signs of suicide may be at higher risk for danger and need immediate attention.

Stressful life events such as the loss of a loved one, legal troubles, or financial difficulties, and interpersonal stressors such as shame, harassment, bullying, discrimination, or relationship troubles may contribute to suicide risk, especially when they occur along with other suicide risk factors. Family and friends are often the first to recognize the warning signs of suicide, and they can take the first step towards helping a loved one find mental health treatment.

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