This week, many in the Magic Valley took to social media to commend the unknown individual(s) who taped a sign near the Perrine Bridge that read, "You R Needed, You R Loved." It was a beautiful gesture, and every single person who commented on the Facebook post shared earlier in the week was moved by it.
I do believe that people open themselves up to depression through social media interaction. I think the recurring instances of worldwide suicide caused by these types of interactions is solid evidence for the case, but there are those that don't internalize results from their interactions online to such an extent.
To promote connectedness in the Treasure Valley, there is an upcoming free mental health and suicide awareness event featuring International pop star Alex Boyé.
This is an incredibly powerful and moving event for all ages full of music and guest speakers with mental health/suicide prevention experience and expertise. There will also be booths featuring local mental health organizations and resources available.
The Twin Falls School District made the announcement that school will start back up on August 16th and this year they are offering counseling for students. The school district said they are aiming to address student mental health and support families in the community.
September is National Suicide Awareness Month so we did some digging on how Idaho ranked in suicide mortality rate. The stats were shocking and many may not even realize how much of a problem it is in our state.