Focus on Zero
Pathways for Suicide and Domestic Violence Prevention 2021
We are excited to announce Focus on Zero: Pathways for Suicide and Domestic Violence Prevention 2021 Virtual Conference coming this fall. The online event is FREE and includes dynamic programming that includes engaging sessions for those interested in suicide and domestic violence prevention programs.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an influx of individuals needing services due to suicide attempts and crises. While there has been a decrease in suicides over the last two years, special populations continue to be at risk, including those impacted by Domestic Violence. Hegira Health's PSP presents Focus on Zero: Pathways for Suicide and Domestic Violence Prevention 2021 Virtual Conference on October 28, 2021, from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM. This conference is a half-day, free opportunity for community members, clinical staff, and more to attend workshops that focus on grief, intimate partner violence and suicide prevention.
Featured presenters include comedian John J Bell, Kevin Hart's Hart of the City Detroit, author of the book Afterwards, poet and teaching artist at Nebraska Writers Collective, Regan Myers, and many more.
Suicide by Numbers
There are over 800,000 deaths globally due to suicide, and for every person who dies by way of suicide, at least 135 people are impacted through grief, which equates to over 108 million people worldwide.
2018 data shows that more than 48,000 people suicided in the U.S. and over 1,500 in Michigan. In Wayne County, there were 225 deaths by way of suicide.
The numbers continue to climb, and with COVID-19, the numbers are expected to grow even more.
Myths of Suicide
There are many myths associated with suicide. HERE are two:
Suicide is inevitable—once someone says they are suicidal; you can't stop them. The reality is that talking about suicide helps bring relief to the person, allowing them to talk more about it and feel less anxiety.
Another myth is that only experts can prevent suicide. NOT TRUE. Suicide prevention is everyone's business, and everyone can help prevent suicide. We have come to understand that we cannot do this alone. The more people know the more they can help.