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August 22, 2023 — Human Resources

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The month of September marks both Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and Recovery Month.

As the leading cause of death in the United States, suicide is a serious public health problem that can have lasting harmful effects on individuals, families and communities. Provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that suicides continue to rise. The goal of suicide prevention is to reduce factors that increase risk and increase factors that promote resilience. 

Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in behavioral health recovery. This observance reinforces the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.

Throughout September, there will be panel discussions with experts, advocates and mental health professionals to shine a light on suicide prevention and celebrate recovery. Also, a training focused on suicide prevention for loved ones and family members who are supporting someone struggling or in recovery is available. For a list of events, check out the WellTalks Calendar

In addition, you can join the Mind and Mood challenge which promotes emotional resilience and encourages self-care. Join this challenge to prioritize your mental health and emotional wellness.
The Miami-Dade Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is committed to building awareness, resilience and support for those struggling. EAP also celebrates those who have made gains and found recovery. If you, a family member or a team member are struggling with feelings or emotions that interfere with the ability to engage in daily life, contact the EAP team. EAP counselors provide support through resources that can assist in setting the foundation for restoring or enhancing emotional and mental wellness.

EAP provides virtual and on-site assessments for those in need of assistance. To set up an assessment with an EAP counselor call 305-375-3293 or email The hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention line at 988 for immediate support 24/7.

Learn about Employee Support Services (ESS)