Recognizing that suicide numbers and mental health issues both increased during the pandemic, the upcoming McKenzie Health System (MHS) “Healthy Living Together” virtual series will discuss Suicide Prevention: Supporting Your Friends and Family. The event will be held on Wednesday, September 15 from noon to 1 p.m.
Kellie Phelps, Assistant in Prevention and Public Education for Sanilac County Community Mental Health, will lead the session with information on suicides, tips for recognizing the signs and symptoms of someone who is considering suicide, and options for treatment and support.
The free webinar is live, with the chance to watch via Zoom or call in via phone, and it will also be recorded and shared on the McKenzie YouTube channel and Facebook page after the event. Participants will have the opportunity to type interactive questions and comments for the Q&A discussion.
“Suicide is not always easy to talk about, but it is one of the most important topics we can cover in a series on healthy living,” said Louise Blasius, LMSW, LPC, Director of Human Services at McKenzie Health System and Healthy Living Together Chair. “We are honored that Kellie will join us to discuss the best ways to support family members and friends who may be struggling.”
Community members can register for each free event at 810-648-6117 or www.McKenzieHealth.org/Healthy-Living-Together
The two additional dates and topics in the year-long “Healthy Living Together” series include:
- October 20, Medicare Update Open Enrollment, Louise Blasius, Director of Human Services, McKenzie Health Services (live);
- November 17, Holiday Cooking with Kids, Chef Aaron Puzan, Autumnwood of Deckerville (recorded).
Healthy Living Together is a project developed by McKenzie Health System in collaboration with the Sanilac County Health Department, MSU Extension, Great Start Collaborative-Sanilac, and Sanilac County Community Mental Health.