Suicide Prevention Coalition Established In Frederick County

In 2021 there were 33 local suicides.

Frederick, Md. (BW)- A new group called the Suicide Prevention Coalition has been formed in Frederick County in an attempt to stop all local suicides.

In 2021 there were 33 suicides in Frederick County.

The group was formed by the Frederick Health Department in partnership with Frederick Health Hospital.

Members that make up the coalition include law enforcement, mental health professionals, veterans, faith-based communities and those who have lost a loved one to suicide.

The group will focus on education and outreach. Some methods for preventing suicide include practice for safe gun storage, eliminating the stigma surrounding suicide and increasing support for those thinking about suicide.

Jay Hessler, Assistant Director of Behaviror Health Services for the Frederick Health Department said that they have working on forming this coalition for a long time.

Some signs that point to someone thinking about suicide include broad mood swings, sleeping too much or too little, unexpectedly giving away possesions, saying goodbye and saying they feel hopeless or trapped.

There is a Mental Health Association walk-in center located at 226 S Jefferson St. in Frederick.

Those seeking help can also call 988 to speak with a mental health professional or 211 to learn about more resources.