“Over the past four years, we have lost five Monrovians under the age of 24 to suicide,” states Ulises Gutierrez, Y-Life Project Director and Campaign Coordinator of March4Balance, Monrovia Healing Connections. “We can’t all be health professionals, but all of us should learn how to respond when someone needs help.”
“Four of five youths who attempt suicide,” says Dr. Black, “will exhibit these warning signs:
- Talking or writing about death or suicide
- Withdrawing from family and friends
- Exhibiting dramatic mood changes
- Substance abuse or other reckless activity
Monrovia Healing Connections is a task force of community members, City of Monrovia officials including Mayor Mary Ann Lutz, students, and Monrovia USD staff who are visiting service clubs, teen commissions, churches, and other community gatherings “to give a short presentation on suicide awareness, talk about what is being done in Monrovia to aid and support those dealing with emotional and psychological issues, and provide a brochure listing tools and resources.”
Our goal,” says Gutierrez, “is to get all community members trained on how to recognize and respond to people who are suffering and in danger of harming themselves.”
The campaign will end on Tuesday, March 25th, with a community rally at Monrovia Library Park. All are invited to join.
March4Balance Community Rally
Tuesday, March 25th, 5:30 p.m.
Monrovia Library Park, 321 S. Myrtle Ave. at Lime, Monrovia 91016
See details on their Facebook page
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800.273.8255
Teen Line: 310.855.4673 (6-10 p.m. PST)
Trevor Project Lifeline (LGBTQ): 866.488.7386