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Dear Community,

As we prepare to celebrate the holiday season with family and friends, we must remember that the holidays are a time of joy for some, and for others, it’s a time where mental health is a true challenge. Often in the shadows of celebration, individuals experience loneliness or remember loved ones who have passed, bringing about feelings of helplessness and even thoughts of suicide.

Through the holidays and the beginning of a new year, this time of year is a volatile time for those who struggle with thoughts of suicide. “Suicide is currently ranked as the 10th leading cause of death in adults in the United States, and SECOND for individuals ages 10-24 years. And sadly, the number is estimated to be higher. The stigma associated with suicide attempts and completions leads to underreporting.” BBBSNWO is doing its part to remove the stigma and provide support.

We are expanding our knowledge in trauma by attending Trauma-Informed training hosted by Lucas County Children Service and will be certified in the spring of 2022. Additionally, we are adding suicide awareness to our program(s) curriculum and working with local subject matter experts to learn more about suicide prevention.

Below this letter is more information about suicide prevention and how you can help share awareness on vital resources. If you need further information, please contact our partners at NAMI Greater Toledo phone (419) 243-1119, info@namitoledo.org The team here at BBBSNWO wishes you and your loved ones a safe a joyous holiday!


Dr. Marvin Whitfield


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