Campaign tar­gets sui­cide pre­ven­tion

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CH­ESTER­TOWN — For All Sea­sons is go­ing to be bring­ing the campaign, “No Matter What ... You Matter,” to Ch­ester­town, part­ner­ing with the lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity and Wash­ing­ton Col­lege to raise aware­ness around men­tal health and sui­cide pre­ven­tion.

Last fall, the campaign de­buted in Eas­ton, in­spired by the sound­track of the Tony Award-win­ning Broad­way mu­si­cal, “Dear Evan Hansen.”

Ac­cord­ing to Beth Anne Lan­grell, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of For All Sea­sons, “The mu­si­cal has cre­ated in­creased aware­ness about how preva­lent sui­cide is in our na­tion. Ac­cord­ing to the Cen­ter for Dis­ease Con­trol, ev­ery 13 min­utes some­one dies by sui­cide, and for ev­ery sui­cide, 25 sui­cide at­tempts are made.”

For All Sea­sons hopes to cre­ate an on­go­ing di­a­logue through the campaign with agen­cies and ed­u­ca­tors in Ch­ester­town about this grow­ing is­sue. The campaign will in­clude di­a­logue cir­cles, ed­u­ca­tional out­reach and com­mu­nity events.

“We want peo­ple to know that no matter what, they matter,” Lan­grell said.

For All Sea­sons reg­u­larly part­ners with the Na­tional Al­liance on Men­tal Ill­ness Kent and Queen Anne’s to pro­vide ser­vices and train­ing on men­tal health is­sues.

Lainie Surette, NAMI Kent and Queen Anne’s Steer­ing Com­mit­tee chair­man, said, “NAMI Kent and Queen Anne’s is ea­ger to work with For All Sea­sons and Wash­ing­ton Col­lege to ad­dress the preva­lence of men­tal health chal­lenges fac­ing col­lege stu­dents to­day. Provid- ing ed­u­ca­tion, sup­port and needed ser­vices can re­duce the stigma and en­cour­age stu­dents to reach out for help. Sui­cide is not the an­swer. No one should feel alone.”

Sarah Fey­er­herm, vice pres­i­dent for stu­dent af­fairs and dean of stu­dents at Wash­ing­ton Col­lege, said, “Part­ner­ing with For All Sea­sons is just one more step we can take to sup­port the men­tal health of our stu­dents and specif­i­cally to raise aware­ness about sui­cide. When we pool our re­sources, we fur­ther a com­mu­nity of care on the East­ern Shore and bring about change in ways we could never do alone. As we con­tinue to add pro­grams and ini­tia­tives on our cam­pus, we’re ex­cited to work hand in hand with For All Sea­sons on such a crit­i­cal is­sue that im­pacts ev­ery­one.”

Individuals seek ther­apy for many dif­fer­ent rea­sons. For All Sea­sons pro­vides in­di­vid­ual and group coun­sel­ing to those strug­gling with de­pres­sion, anxiety, pho­bias, ad­dic­tion, post trau­matic stress disorder and more, and those who may seek ther­apy to treat the prob­lem or learn healthy ways to cope.

For All Sea­sons has six of­fices across the East­ern Shore, in­clud­ing an of­fice in Ch­ester­town. To make an ap­point­ment at any of For All Sea­sons of­fices, call 410-8221018 or visit forallsea­son­sinc.org.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the “No Matter What ... You Matter” campaign, or be­com­ing a part­ner in Ch­ester­town, call Lan­grell at 410-822-1018.

For more in­for­ma­tion about For All Sea­sons, call 410-8221018. For the 24-hour cri­sis hot­line, call 1-800-310-7273.

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