Throughout the length of the current international situation of COVID-19 and the despair it has brought, it has been a tough year to say the least. Fear, loss, grief and anxiety are among the most prevalent words that come to mind when many think of the year 2020. One of the most significant things to come out of this is the ability to adapt to change and to come together as a community because people know they are not suffering alone. Resilience is important in our current situation and sharing the strategies to become resilient will really help our communities gain the strength they need to overcome tough boundaries.
With the hardships people have been facing, many may feel stuck, desperate and alone; it is because of this that we must keep an eye out for those around us. September is national suicide prevention month and it is a time to share resources and raise awareness on suicide prevention. According to the CDC Wonder database, in Region 11 there have been a total of 3,016 deaths by suicide from 1999 to 2018 related to alcohol and drugs. Stressful times cause for coping mechanisms and unfortunately not everyone picks up a healthy one. Binge drinking or the use of illicit drugs and misuse of prescription/over the counter medication can lead to serious injuries or even death.