Comprehensive Healthcare’s Foundation is partnering with U.S. Bank and other community partners to donate a minimum of $15,000 to classrooms within our communities located in the South Central Washington area. We are inviting youth in grades six to nine to participate in an art contest to win at least $5,000 for their classroom to help with technology, supplies and other needs that have arisen during this unique and challenging school year. Contestants can submit an original video, art piece, or essay that expresses what suicide prevention and mental health means to them, and one winner will be selected from each category.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted how we go to school, how we learn, how we communicate with family and friends, and even the way we express ourselves. During this September – Suicide Prevention Month, we invite you to participate in this contest, and in doing so, start important conversations about mental health.
There are many things we can do to help prevent suicide. They include:
- Learning about the risks of suicide: Depression, substance use problems, experiencing death of a family member or loved one, financial problems, relationship problems, issues at school.
- Learning about the warning signs that someone may be thinking of killing themselves: threats to hurt themself or others, talks about suicide or has made a plan, communicates that they wish to die, feeling anxious, depressed, hopeless, or not sleeping, or abusing substances.
- If you believe your friend or family member express thoughts of harming themselves, ask them “are you thinking about killing yourself” or “are you thinking about suicide?”, listen to their problem and show them you care, refer them to a trusted adult or behavioral health services.
- Become familiar with local resources to call such as Comprehensive Healthcare and their crisis services. You can also reach out to your primary care doctor, a family member you trust, or your church or faith community for support.
- Save the crisis line phone number in your phone. (800) 572-8122.
It is also important to encourage everyone to show kindness to one another and to ourselves when we are experiencing emotional hardship.
Join us in raising awareness of how to prevent suicide by building relationships, strengthening communities, and expressing and celebrating our mental health and wellness!
To register, simply fill out the forms below and submit them along with your artwork, essay, or video to email@example.com by September 30, 2020. You can also submit your registration form and item by mail to 402 S 4th Ave., Yakima WA 98902.