WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY, September 10, 2020

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. Below is a message from the Bergen County Division of Mental Health. Please sign up to see the free screening of Scattering CJ. We should all educate ourselves on suicide prevention so we can assist our loved ones when necessary.

Divorce is a particularly stressful time in the life of a family. Hopefully this film and discussion with keep your family safe during this stressful period.

WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY

We strongly encourage everyone to take advantage of our open screening of Scattering CJ, scheduled for September 10th – 15th  concluding in a community discussion on September 15th from 7-8:30 pm. ” Register to stream this movie at HCONTINO@CO.BERGEN.NJ.US.

“This documentary not only gives the viewer insight into the loss of a loved one, but how that loss connected people all over the world and initiated conversations among families and communities around suicide prevention, depression and general mental health.

If the pain and the struggle stay silently in the shadows losses will continue to occur that could have been prevented.  Even 6 feet apart we can still illustrate the outstretched arms that exist. 

Be Well!

The Bergen County Division of Mental Health

**** Due to the strong emotional nature of the content we do not recommend anyone under the age of 18 view the film without an adult present.****

Caregiver Stress

During the holiday season many family caregivers experience additional stress. Not only is the caregiver dealing with the usual day to day care of a loved one, but the holidays themselves are stressful with the added worries about gifting, entertaining and end of year planning.

Family mediation is available to help caregivers discuss the situation in a safe, non-judgmental environment with other family members. By participating in the mediation, family members who are visiting for the holidays can get a better perspective on how the caregiver of their loved one is trying to cope and perhaps how they can best assist.

Please call me if you wish to schedule a family mediation. In the meantime I refer you to the following article from Alzheimer’s NJ, http://www.alznj.org/managing-caregiver-stress-holidays/.