Local organization to offer 'community care' check-ins
April 20, 2020
There are certainly so many factors that may lead to increased suicide risk amidst this global pandemic: social isolation, economic hardship, lack of spiritual sustenance, worry about the wellness of loved ones, not knowing what the future holds and so many more.
Despite all we are facing at this time, it’s good to remember that oftentimes in a crisis, people are more willing to band together to support one another, ultimately decreasing the likelihood of suicide. In fact, after 9/11, suicide rates dropped as the country’s people gathered around one another in hope and solidarity.
Julie Cerel, a suicide exposure researcher at the University of Kentucky, suggests it is possible to use these difficult times as an opportunity to strengthen our bonds and to care for our neighbors.
To that effect, Eddy County Community Cares - a local grassroots suicide-prevention group - is calling for volunteers who are willing to call others and offer a Community Cares check-in to folks around the area who could benefit from a little more human connection. Even if you’re really good at checking in on your own family members, there are people without family around who could really benefit from a short phone visit.
If you’re willing to help, please call or text Karen Omoth at (701) 302-8800, or go on the Eddy County Community Cares Facebook page to leave a comment or private message.