ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) – A local nonprofit is gearing up to host a summit to raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention.
Silence the Shame Inc. is hosting its 2nd Annual My Life is a Gift Suicide Awareness Summit on September 14th. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
According to officials, the summit will include a fireside chat with rapper, singer and songwriter, Monaleo, to celebrate her recovery from suicide and mental illness. Silence the Shame leaders will also host roundtables with young adults, family members and behavioral health specialists to address current risk factors associated with suicide and mental crises and offer healthy support strategies. This segment will feature Tamu Lewis of the Lee Thompson Young Foundation.
Shanti Das, legendary music executive and Atlanta native, founded Silence the Shame and hopes the summit and future events will help raise not only awareness for suicide prevention and suicide support, but help others ask for help. help when needed. Das has contributed to the careers of several Atlanta musicians, including rap legends OutKast, TLC and Toni Braxton.
“We are so excited to bring this important conversation to the Atlanta community and share it nationally,” said Shanti Das, founder of Silence the Shame organization. “Silence the Shame works to eliminate the stigma associated with suicide and normalize conversations about mental health. Join us for this immersive summit to learn from the experts about suicide prevention supports for youth and young adults. »
Das told CBS46 News that she wishes she could have a positive impact on the greater Atlanta community by letting those who are struggling know that they are not alone and that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Das says she is dedicated to helping eliminate mental health stigma, reduce health disparities, and improve suicide rates among vulnerable populations.
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According to the latest data from the CDC, suicide is the third leading cause of death among Georgians between the ages of 10 and 34.
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“They’ve been demoralized for a while, working in a system that’s the latest death in the country,” he said. “They see an opportunity for change and hope, and I think that will change the system itself,” Chris Johnson, director of communications for the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network, told CBS46 News.
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