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Kansas Prevention Collaborative Launches #IChooseToday Campaign for Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

For Immediate Release

August 31, 2020

For more information, contact:
Cara Sloan-Ramos
785-296-0807

TOPEKA In honor of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in September, the Kansas Prevention Collaborative (KPC), created by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services’ Behavioral Health Commission in 2015 to integrate and innovate behavioral health prevention effort, has developed a campaign focused on reducing stigma around mental health experiences and building skills to facilitate conversations about mental health.

Because suicide and suicidal urges are seen every month of every year and not limited to an awareness month, the #IChooseToday: Safe Plan, Safe People, Safe Living campaign is designed to provide resources and information that can be used throughout the year. This campaign focuses on making a safety plan, connecting with supportive people, and creating a safe living space.

So much of suicide prevention depends on preparing for crisis before it happens. During this campaign, the KPC will share video and social media content to help build skills around planning for crises and normalize conversations around mental health and personal safety. Each week during the month of September will have a different theme:

  • September 1-6: #IChooseToday
    This week, people will be invited to share ways they choose to take care of their mental health. This will continue throughout the month.
  • September 7-9: Safe Plan – Tips for creating a working safety plan
    The KPC will share expertise from Meg Fowler, MSW, Program Coordinator for the Kansas Suicide Prevention Resource Center of Headquarters Counseling Center, on why safety plans are important and how to create one.
  • September 14-20: Safe People Week – Tips for building supportive connections with others
    The KPC will share insights from Katrina Jackson Breeden, MS, LCMFT, Real Life Counseling, on how to build meaningful connections with others and talk about mental health and suicide in a supportive way.
  • September 21-27: Safe Living Week – Tips for prioritizing safe storage
    The KPC will share tips from Dr. Jason Deselms, Ph.D., Suicide Prevention Coordinator - Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center, on how to practice the safe storage of firearms and medications in your home.
  • September 28-30: #BecauseOfThis
    People will be invited to share what keeps them motivated to choose today. On September 28, the KPC will also host a virtual watch party for #IChooseToday videos.

To be part of the #IChooseToday movement, download the social media toolkit at KnowMoreKS.org and share the content throughout the month of September. Follow the KPC on Facebook and Twitter to follow along with the campaign.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or chat with the Lifeline online.

About the Kansas Prevention Collaborative:
The Kansas Prevention Collaborative was created in 2015 in an effort to integrate and innovate behavioral health prevention efforts. A partnership of several different state, educational, and provider agencies, the KPC’s goal is to expand prevention efforts to be more inclusive of mental health promotion, suicide prevention, and problem gambling education and awareness, as well as to increase the availability of resources to adequately fund local-level prevention and promotion strategic plans. For interviews, media inquiries, or more information, please contact the Kansas Prevention Collaborative at KPCTeam@wichita.edu.