Something to talk about
Local campaign started with Broadway musical
EASTON — It was the treat of getting to see a Broadway musical that ultimately led counselors and others to kick off a new suicide prevention initiative this week.
The staff of For All Seasons, Inc. have begun a new campaign and suicide prevention push called “No Matter What ... You Matter.”
A crowd gathered Friday evening around the outdoor tables at the Bartlett Pear Inn to rally concerned citizens and kick off their efforts.
Recently, organizers of the Mid-Shore’s Dock Street Foundation, Amy Haines and Richard Marks, saw the award-winning broadway play, “Dear Evan Hansen” in New York City and were moved by the impact of the show, noting the influence of social media on young people.
The play is a musical that centers around the suicide of a high school student.
Haines and Marks chartered a bus and treated 40 representatives of Talbot’s ser vice agencies and educational institutions to a showing of the play.
Among them was Beth Anne Langrell of For All Seasons, Inc. Behavioral Health and Rape Crisis Center, who came away afterwards determined that her renewed understanding and thoughts on the subject of suicide should not fade away, but turn into an awareness campaign and community conversation.
Has suicide become more prevalent in Talbot County?
“Our numbers have not gone up locally, but it has become more of an issue to talk about,” Langrell said. “Our major piece of the campaign is we want people to talk and know how to connect with resources.”
The statistics are that every 13 minutes someone commits suicide, she said.
“The more staggering one is that for ever y suicide completed, there is 25 attempts,” she said. “So that’s the piece that we want people to understand. That there are a lot of attempts that aren’t successful.”
“Coming off of ‘Talbot Goes Purple’ we want to talk about mental wellness,” Langrell said, referencing the recent Talbot campaign to increase awareness of opiate use.
She said that among people who become addicted, “We are trying to get to heart of what really gets people there. Through outreach prevention and education,” she said. “Make it so we are getting kids early and getting families early.”
Langrell said she has spoken and is planning outreach at churches, schools, civic organizations. Local Rotary organizations, Holy Trinity Church in Oxford and a group in Tunis Mills has been on her list.
There is also a 5K Run/ Walk in memory of Christopher Bradley on October 21 in Oxford that benefits a memorial fund in his name.
Bradley was an Easton High School student who died in April 2017. The run/walk is sponsored by his family and aims to help bring awareness of teens suffering from depression.
Langrell said For All Seasons, Inc. works in school systems in Caroline, Queen Anne’s and Kent counties. Talbot County has a different provider, she said, but For All Seasons, Inc. has done crisis response there, too.
Other services the organization provides are all types of therapy, psychiatr y, counseling, urgent care services, rape crisis response and counseling, education and outreach programing.
They maintain 24-hour English and Spanish hotlines. The English hotline is 410-820-5600 or 1-800-3107273, and the Spanish hotline, para Espanol, llame o texto 410-829-6143.
For All Seasons, Inc. has facilities in Cambridge, Denton, Chestertown, Queenstown and just opened an office on Tilghman Island last year.
Langrell said when she started three years ago, there were 28 staff members and had just over 1,200 clients.
“We now have 65 staff members and are serving over 3,000 clients,” she said. “So we’ve done a huge growth and now we have a wait list. It’s increasing and it doesn’t go away.”
For the “No Matter What ... You Matter” campaign, they will be partnering with Channel Marker, Inc. and Peace of Mind which is also a part of the walk on Oct. 21.
“So our office is increasing their crisis appointments to be able to respond to the community in real time,” Langrell said. “We have a wait list, but if people are in crisis, we work them in because crisis means crisis.”
“My staple statement is, if ever ybody talked about this issue as much as they talk about Sunday night football Monday morning at work, you’d all find out that you know somebody, and it’s all connected to somebody you know,” she said.
Throughout this week, certain businesses will donate a portion of their proceeds to For All Seasons, Inc. on certain dates for “No Matter What ... You Matter.”
On Sunday, October 8, it will be Kiln Born Creations; on Tuesday, October 10, Rise Up Coffee; on Wednesday, October 11, Harrison’s Wines and Liquors and Lizzie Dee; on Thursday, October 12, Levity and Out of the Fire; on Friday, October, 13, Bon Mojo, Colonial Jewelers of Easton, Krave, La De Da, Marc Randall, Nestled Baby & Child, Trade Whims and Vintage Books and Fine Arts; and on Saturday, October 14, Chef and Shower.
Friday’s kick-off party featured finger foods served by the Bartlett Pear Inn. As they socialized, guests grooved to the sounds of the Choptank River Big Band, a 17-piece orchestra that plays nightclub standards, including jazz, rock and big band.
Langrell entertained the crowd by singing “God Bless the USA” with the band during Friday’s reception.
For information about the Choptank River Big Band, contact Jake Jacobs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those who are interested in helping “No Matter What ... You Matter” campaign can call For All Seasons, Inc. at 410-822-1018 or visit forall seasonsinc.org on the web.
Supporters enjoy the outside patio at the Bartlett Pear Inn on Harrison Street Friday evening as For All Seasons, Inc. kicks off their suicide prevention and awareness campaign, “No Matter What ...You Matter.”
From left, Del. Johnny Mautz, R-37B-Talbot, Beth Anne Langrell, Kathy Bosin and Jimmy Jaramillo enjoy the outside patio at the Bartlett Pear Inn on Harrison Street Friday evening as For All Seasons, Inc. kicks off their suicide prevention and awareness campaign, “No Matter What ...You Matter.”
Supporters enjoy the outside patio at the Bartlett Pear Inn on Harrison Street Friday evening.