The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) has joined the Operation Disrupt initiative aimed at preventing suicide by posting mental health crisis support information at Illinois state parks.
Signs displaying the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number and website, both of which are available 24 hours a day, will be posted in at least 17 IDNR sites in remote locations around Illinois, including Starved Rock, Giant City and Pere Marquette.
Sept. 4-10 is National Suicide Prevention Week. Operation Disrupt is an initiative announced earlier this year to address the growing epidemic of teen and young adult suicides. It was developed by a joint task force including Linden Oaks Behavioral Health, Naperville Park District, City of Naperville, and Forest Preserve Districts of DuPage and Will Counties. The first 17 IDNR sites to post Operation Disrupt signs are: Dixon Springs, Eagle Creek, Fort Massac, Fox Ridge, Giant City, Pere Marquette, Rock Cut, Sangchris Lake, Starved Rock and Wolf Creek state parks; Eldon Hazlet, Kickapoo, Moraine View, and Shabbona Lake state recreation areas; Trail of Tears State Forest; Golconda Marina; and Shelbyville State Fish and Wildlife Area.
Illinois Conservation Police do not maintain statistics about the number of suicides in Illinois state parks, but they are not uncommon. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached by dialing 988, which connects the caller to a certified crisis center near where the call is placed. The Lifeline also can be reached at 800-273- 8255 (TALK). For more information, visit https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
Region: Northern,City: Morris,Local,Region: Morris
September 10, 2022 at 06:08AM