www.illinois.gov

Pat Quinn, Governor

State Links Skip to Content Skip to State Links

 Government
 Business
 Employment
 Education
 Health & Safety
 Family & Home
 Travel & Recreation
 About Illinois
 Illinois.gov

Stay Informed

Your Government


Illinois Flag Honors

Inspector General


 IGNN: State/All Press Release

ILLINOIS NEWS
The State of Illinois News page provides access to the Illinois Government News Network and all state press releases.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 3, 2010

State Agencies Announces Efforts to Save Lives Through Suicide Prevention and Awareness
Suicide Prevention Week is September 5 -11

CHICAGO   The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are working together on suicide awareness.  Suicide Prevention Week is September 5 through the 11.  More than 1,000 people die by suicide in Illinois every year.

“Mental health problems can affect anyone and are serious illnesses that demand the same urgency and compassion as any other illness,”  said IDHS Acting Secretary Grace Hong Duffin.   “We all need to learn how to support our friends and relatives who may be feeling suicidal.  It only takes one person to prevent a tragic death. All persons with mental illnesses can recover and participate fully in life.”

“It Only Takes One” is the slogan of the Illinois Suicide Prevention Alliance (ISPA).  It refers to the huge impact one person can make in preventing a death by suicide.  ISPA plays an advisory role to Illinois’ Department of Public Health, and contains a broad array of public agencies, private groups, and concerned individuals. 

“With this combined public awareness campaign, we show how screening, identification, and treatment can save lives and guide persons in crisis towards recovery," said IDPH Director Damon Arnold, M.D.  “It is crucial that Illinoisans become more aware that death by suicide is preventable and lives can be saved if suicidal tendencies are detected early.”

Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the United States.  Every 15 minutes, someone dies in this country by suicide.  Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 25-34 year olds in the U.S.  It is the third leading cause of death among youth; the fourth leading cause of death for adults between the ages of 18 and 65, and the fifth leading cause of death among children who are 5-14 years old.

“We have made great strides eliminating the taboo about discussing suicide and mental illnesses.” said Lorrie Jones, Ph.D., the Director of the IDHS Division of Mental Health (DMH).  She urged everyone to visit the “Say it Out Loud” website at (www.mentalhealthillinois.com ) “People are more likely to ask for help if they believe they can recover. We have asked persons who are in recovery from mental illnesses to tell their stories.  They are available on ‘Say It Out Loud’ to inspire people in crisis to take that first step in seeking help.  The idea is to replace hopelessness with hope.”

IDHS / DMH serves more than 180,000 Illinoisans with mental illnesses through a network of 162 community based agencies, 30 community hospitals and 9 state operated mental health centers.

If you are in crisis now or if you or someone you are concerned about is in a crisis state and at risk of harm to yourself, others, or property, or at risk of psychiatric hospitalization, you may exercise any of the following three options:

• Call 911 Police and fire department personnel are trained responders to situations involving mental health issues.) or
• Go to the Emergency room at a local area hospital or
• Contact the nearest provider of crisis psychiatric services. (Hyperlink to DMH crisis provider
list)

For more information on resources and actions that you can take see:
DHS Suicide Prevention information at www.dhs.state.il.us.
 
For non-emergency Mental Health Services Contact Us
• Use the DHS Office Locator and search for Mental Health to find the nearest Community Mental Health Center(s)
• View the Providers/Partners for the Division of Mental Health
• TTY: (312) 814-5050
• Illinois Mental Health Collaborative for Access and Choice at the following toll-free numbers
1 (866) 359-7953   TTY: 1 (866) 880-4459



###

News Categories

 State/All
 Governor's Office
 Lt. Governor's Office
 Agriculture
 Budget/Fiscal
 Business
 Children/Families
 Culture
 Disabilities
 Economic Development
 Education
 Environment
 Flag Honors
 Health/Human Services
 History
 Infrastructure
 Opportunity Returns
 Recovery
 Safety/Security
 Technology
 Tourism/Recreation
 Transportation
 Workforce/Jobs

News Resources

 Search the News
 IIS Radio News
 RSS News Feeds
 e-News Subscriptions
 Communications Office
 Privacy Statement

Features

Sign up for an e-news subscription
Copyright © 2014 State of Illinois Site Map | Illinois Privacy Info | Kids Privacy | Web Accessibility | Contact Us