According to the Center for Disease Control, one in 25 people has thoughts of suicide at any given time. “There are many factors that increase risk for suicide, and with issues related to COVID-19 – unemployment, social isolation and financial problems – it’s difficult for any of us to cope. Those who may have been at risk before are more vulnerable than ever,” says Rick Trimp, President of LivingWorks.
“We talk about checking in on your friends and neighbours to see if they need groceries or other assistance during this crisis. We should also be checking in on their mental health on a regular basis,” says Trimp. “This isn’t something that can be left only to mental health professionals. Family, friends, co-workers, faith leaders – we can and we must help one another through this difficult time.”
“A network of safety is about more than protecting our physical needs. It’s also about connecting people with the skills required to recognize when others are struggling with their mental health, with those who need it most,” Trimp adds.”When we all work together, this creates a network of safety in our communities.”
LivingWorks has provided a 90-minute online program that anyone can take to be trained to recognize the signs of suicide and take life-saving action by connecting those at risk to hope and safety.
As a way to make Start available to even more people during this critical time, LivingWorks is offering the Start program at a reduced cost that makes the program accessible to just about anyone. The company will also direct a portion of every sale of Start between now and June 30, 2020 to support suicide prevention initiatives related to COVID-19.