Suicide Prevention & Mental Health First Aid 

Most recent statistics indicate that there were 48,344 deaths by suicide in 2018 in the United States.  Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.

The Data

The suicide rate of a community is a key indicator of its mental health status. Harford County’s rate of 10.7 per 100,000 population far exceeds the 9.3 rate for the state of Maryland. According to the Maryland Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) for 2014-2016, 21% of Harford County residents have been diagnosed with depressive disorder, compared to 15.6% for the state.

In addition, 18.2% of high school students reported that they have seriously considered attempting suicide and 14.4% of high school students made a plan for how they would commit suicide.

The percentage of students who reported feeling sad or hopeless for more than two weeks in a row climbed 33.3% between the first year of middle school and the senior year of high school.

The OMH/CSA is passionate about paving the way to confront behavioral health stigma head-on. The stigma that often surrounds behavioral health, keeps many people from seeking the help they need when they need it most.

Prevention Resources 

 

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Harford County Crisis Response

  • 1-800-NEXT-STEP, or locally 410-874-0711
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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

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For LGBTQ+ Young People

  • The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386
  • TrevorText: text START to 678-678
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QPR

  • Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) is an emergency mental health intervention designed to teach citizens how to recognize someone at risk for suicide, intervene, and refer the individual to an appropriate source.

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AFSP

  • The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that works to reduce the suicide rate in the U.S. and to bring hope to anyone that has been affected by suicide. For more information on suicide rates in the U.S. and what is being done to prevent suicide, please visit their website (linked above).

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Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

  • Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an evidence-based approach which incorporates a skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance use issues. For more information about MHFA, click here.

    For more information about MHFA training opportunities, click here.

"Office on Mental Health - Creating space for recovery, healing, and hope for all in Harford"