Touched by Suicide


Tragedy has hit McHenry County once again and has left most of us feeling sad, angry and asking ourselves "Why?" and "What could have been done to prevent this?". When someone takes their own life and the life of others, it just does not and will never make sense. It is incomprehensible. Each year over 44,000 people die by suicide and the truth is these numbers are under reported due to stigma.

For those close to these tragic events, our emotions can be overwhelming. There is help and support available!

We do not have to stand by and feel helpless, there IS something everyone and anyone CAN do. If you are concerned about a coworker, friend or loved one, speak up. There IS training available to support each and every one of us in identifying the warning signs, having the difficult but necessary conversations and getting help for those at risk. It's called QPR Suicide Prevention Training, a nationally recognized program designed to support communities in early recognition and prevention of suicide. The McHenry County Mental Health Board has certified about 30 community partners to provide this valuable training at no charge. As one of the certified instructors, QPR training supports each participant in gaining knowledge and confidence in how to respond to someone in crisis. If you are interested in learning more about this program or scheduling a presentation, feel free to contact us or the McHenry County Mental Health Board.

Please know, there is always help and support available! For confidential support and counseling please contact us.

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