The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority is again partnering with 211 helpline and crisis lines throughout the region with the goal of saving lives with increased suicide prevention awareness. Last year’s collaboration consisted of strategic placement of signage along the South Florida Rail Corridor with a message to call 2-1-1 for help.
This year’s effort involves placement of posters onboard Tri-Rail trains, so the general public can possibly recognize signs that may indicate someone is in need of help and to become more aware of 211 as an important resource.
"If you are concerned for yourself or loved ones don’t hesitate to call for help. If you are concerned about a fellow passenger, please alert our staff so they contact our security personnel, who are trained to assist in these matters," said SFRTA Executive Director Steven L. Abrams.
September marks the start of National Suicide Prevention Week with September 10th spotlighting World Suicide Prevention Day. This campaign is spearheaded by the American Association of Suicidology (AAS), and is a collaborative effort by many agencies nationwide to help increase awareness about suicide prevention. The AAS reports that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S, and the 2nd leading cause of death for teens and young adults.
“We recognize the importance of community and 211 is here to help. It is important for individuals and families to get the word out that 211 is available any time of day and night for mental health resources and other helpful services,” said Patrice Schroeder, Community Relations for 211 HelpLine. She adds, “We are in this together, and anyone can help save a life!”
Crisis intervention can be reached 24/7 by dialing 2-1-1, or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK).