Davis County Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions program is hosting a balloon release Thursday in commemoration of September being National Suicide Prevention and Awareness month.

The public is invited to attend and participate in the balloon release, which will take place at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 12 in front of the Senior Life Solutions building at 505 N. Madison Street.

Community members will be provided a balloon to include a personal message in recognition of suicide prevention awareness.

Mayor Dan Wiegand will open the event by reading a proclamation proclaiming September 2019 as Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month in Bloomfield.

Davis County Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions is an intensive outpatient group therapy program designed to meet the unique needs of older adults suffering from symptoms of anxiety and depression often related to aging.

The Senior Life Solutions program staff is trained in the use of standardized, evidence-based tools for screening patients at risk of suicide. In addition, the staff assists the patient in creating a plan to prevent future suicide attempts or suicidal thoughts.

Following an individual assessment, patients meet up to three times per week in a supportive, encouraging group setting. The program staff includes a board-certified psychiatrist, licensed social workers, a registered nurse, and other healthcare professionals dedicated to the emotional wellbeing of seniors in the community.

Kayla Miller, DCH Senior Life Solutions Program Director says, “Raising awareness for suicide prevention is everyone’s responsibility. We have to look out for each other, whether parents, siblings, coworkers, or friends. Recognize the signs and encourage loved ones to seek the necessary care.”

Patients may benefit from the Senior Life Solutions program if they recently experienced a traumatic event, are grieving the loss of a loved one, have experienced changes in sleep, appetite, or mood, or have lost interest in previously enjoyed activities.

Referrals to the program can be made by anyone, including a patient’s physician, family member, self-referral, or another healthcare professional.

For more information, call the Davis County Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions program at 641-664-3851.

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, an average of 129 deaths by suicide occur per day and there are an estimated 1.4 million suicide attempts per year.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached by calling 1-800-273-8255.