Ride Against Suicide Set For September 30th
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
Ride Against Suicide, presented by Buffalo Soldiers and HERO Village, will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Preregistered car or motorcycle riders may pick up their suicide awareness flags at 8:30 am from the starting point at the VA Medical Center. Drivers will be escorted to Southern Thunder Harley Davidson at 9:30 am. This event aims to raise awareness about suicide, provide helpful resources and address the potential warning signs of suicide. The public is invited to register at herovillage.org for flags, food, fun, and giveaways.
The route begins at the VA Medical Center, 1030 Jefferson Ave, Memphis, TN 38104 and end at Southern Thunder Harley Davidson, 4870 Venture Drive, Southaven, MS 38671
Visit herovillage.org or call (901) 443–0913 to join as a sponsor or rider for this event.
The Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club of Memphis, TN (BSMC) and Le Dujour HERO Village of the Mid-South, Inc. (HERO Village) are hosting a motorcycle and car ride to bring awareness to the following community challenges:
The risk of suicide for veterans is 21 percent higher when compared to civilian adults. (Centers for Disease Control)
1 in 4 families is dealing with Mental Health issues and jails are the largest provider for the mentally ill. (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
Lack of access to mental health care and substance abuse treatment increases the risk for suicide. (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline)
Mid-South youth attempt suicide more than other youth in the U.S. (Centers for Disease Control)
On average, 113 youth die by suicide each day. (Centers for Disease Control)
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has determined that more people end up in jail instead of somewhere that they can receive the appropriate help. Our goal is to provide help to a growing population of individuals who feel dejected and hopeless. Often, those who are feeling hopeless act out in ways that impact educational achievement, family stability, and work productivity. Feeling hopeless, that nothing will ever get better, increases the risk for suicide.
Some of the warning signs that may indicate suicidal thoughts include withdrawing from friends, family and activities, increased irritability, apathy, self-injury and reckless behavior. The single most important thing a friend, relative, or colleague can do to address the warning signs is to get that person help. “One of our survivors credits her friends with saving her life,” says Vachenzia McKinney, Executive Director of HERO Village. “She is alive today because her friends brought her into my counseling office.” Because she got help, she was able to find happiness, graduate high school, and become a nurse. Now she helps others live.
Many people try to handle their issues alone. When you notice the emotional or behavioral warning signs that may indicate a deeper issue, contact your school counselor, Employee Assistance Program, or a mental health professional for assistance. “Even Jesus had a doctor as one of his disciples,” observes Melinda Hardin, West Tennessee Regional Director of NAMI.