Every year, September is recognized as National Suicide Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness about the alarming prevalence of suicide and the resources available to prevent it. For many, it is a time of reflection, education, and commitment to advocating for mental health. The mission of Catholic Charities of Fairfield County (CCFC) New Outlook Counseling is to stand in solidarity with those struggling and to provide compassionate and professional care.
The Reality of Suicide
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States. The ripple effects of suicide impact families, friends, coworkers, communities, and society at large. This stark reality underscores the vital need for awareness, open dialogue, and adequate resources for at-risk individuals.
Destigmatizing Mental Health
One of the significant barriers to seeking help is the persistent stigma surrounding mental health. National Suicide Prevention Month is an opportunity to dispel myths, provide education, and create an environment where people feel safe to share their struggles and seek support.
Take a look at these common misconceptions that can prevent people from seeking help in a mental health crisis:
Myth: Talking about suicide might lead someone to consider it.
Reality: Open dialogue about suicide can help at-risk individuals feel understood and supported, potentially leading them to seek help
Myth: People who attempt suicide are merely seeking attention.
Reality: Suicide attempts are a cry for help, indicating severe emotional pain and distress.
Catholic Charities of Fairfield County’s New Outlook Counseling
New Outlook Counseling is dedicated to providing accessible, comprehensive and compassionate mental health care to our community’s individuals, couples, and families. We offer a range of services tailored to the diverse needs of our community:
- Counseling Services: Our licensed therapists provide individual, family, and group therapy to address a variety of mental health concerns. We offer multi-lingual services in English, Spanish, and French.
- Crisis Intervention: Immediate support and resources for individuals in acute distress.
- Education and Advocacy: Group sessions and community outreach events that focus on mental health awareness, prevention, and coping strategies.
Reaching Out for Help
If you or someone you know is in danger or having a medical emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.
- Call or text 988 or chat at 988lifeline.org If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org
- CCFC New Outlook Counseling: 203-743-4412 www.ccfairfield.org/counseling
National Suicide Prevention Month is more than just a time for awareness; it’s a call to action. Each one of us has a role to play in creating a community where everyone feels valued, heard, and supported. As we journey together, let us remember that through faith, compassion, and understanding, we can light the way for those in darkness, offering hope in their time of need.