KQK's fund-raising page for the Samaritans 5K
This will be my sixth year running the Samaritans 5K Run/Walk for suicide prevention. Samaritans is an excellent organization provides a 24/7/365 hotline for people struggling with suicidal thoughts and distressing situations. They also support the nationwide Crisis Text Line, which is an invaluable resource for those who are more comfortable texting than talking. Samaritans host groups for people dealing with the loss of loved ones to suicide and for those who are dealing with the struggle of suicidal thoughts. And of course, they provide trainings to organizations like schools, workplaces, religious groups, and others that want to learn more about suicide prevention.
Each year, I take this opportunity to speak about the work I’m doing in the area for suicide prevention. I’ve shared work that I did as a graduate student as a research assistant on a suicide prevention research team, working with people who have had a severe mental illness diagnosis for most of their lives, working as a crisis clinician, and at a school for children and adolescents with autism and intellectual disabilities. Managing emotions, mastering effective coping strategies, and pursuing a life dedicated to personal well-being is a major part of the work I’ve done since I started my master’s degree in mental health counseling back in September of 2013.
Today, I work mainly as an outpatient therapist, but also support the partial hospitalization program and one of the inpatient units that are part of the Arbour network, where I am employeed. Supporting individuals at each level of care is incredible experience and helps me observe how progress can be made for those dealing with mental illness. Many of my clients tell me that they’ve called Samaritans or texted the Crisis Text Line for support during times that they cannot access therapy or other means of support. In the outpatient setting, I typically see my clients once a week, sometimes less than that. Many of them are dealing with suicidal thinking, which can be overwhelming, upsetting, and isolating in their daily life; managing their own skill set with resources available is the key to wellness, along with alternative coping strategies, like contacting the Samaritans.
Please consider donating to the Samaritans under my fundraising page. Thank you, in advance, for helping me reach my fundraising goal!
Resources about suicide and mental health that have influenced me:
Books and Memoirs:
Jamison, K. R. (1995). An Unquiet Mind: A memoir of moods and madness. New York, NY: Vintage Books.
Schiller, L., & Bennett, A. (1996). The Quiet Room: A Journey Out of the Torment of Madness. New York, NY: Grand Central Publishing.
Solomon, A. (2002). The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster Audio.
Social Work Podcast: http://socialworkpodcast.blogspot.com/
Live Through This: http://livethroughthis.org/
SPSM Chat (Suicide Prevention Social Media): http://spsmchat.com/
Eleanor Longden’s TED Talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/eleanor_longden_the_voices_in_my_head
Here’s a link to some of my published work from graduate school:
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