SHERIFF’S PODCAST: NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION MONTH SPOTLIGHTS NEED FOR MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS

Broward Sheriff's Office: Public Information Office

PIO Number: 21-9-29

Date: Sept. 29, 2021

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Suicide is preventable, and during National Suicide Prevention Month in September, the conversation around this topic is critical to save lives and empower those dealing with people in crisis. 

That’s the focus of the latest episode of the Shop Talk with the Sheriff podcast as Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony welcomes Billie Morgan, director of Training and Staff Development for 2-1-1 Broward. Morgan explains that calling 2-1-1 enables people to access a plethora of community resources, including mental health services. 

“It’s ok to not be ok,” Morgan said. “We’re hoping to break down those walls of stigma for mental health. To be able to reach out and need support, that first step could be that call to 2-1-1 for that way to reach out to us. Just to be able to talk and chat and have a listening ear.”

Morgan also told Sheriff Tony that she wants to dispel myths about not mentioning suicide to someone who might be contemplating it. 

“Don’t hesitate to say, “Are you thinking about suicide?’” she said. “There’s a myth out there that if you talk about suicide, it puts the idea in a person’s head. That’s not true. So, if you’re not sure what to do, you know what? Give them our number. Even better, make a call with them to us so that you can make sure that we can take that call or that person and get that person to a better frame of mind.” 

To learn more about 2-1-1 Broward and community resources available, CLICK HERE. 2-1-1 Broward is available 24/7. To get more information about suicide prevention, visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline HERE. If you or someone you know is in crisis and contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. 

Listen to Sheriff Tony’s conversation with Billie Morgan in the latest episode of Shop Talk with the Sheriff for free HERE or on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and Pocket Casts, iHeartRadio, Breaker, Overcast, RadioPublic and Castbox. 

If you are interested in submitting questions or topics to discuss on an episode, please send a direct message via Facebook (@BrowardSheriffsOffice), Twitter (@browardsheriff), Instagram (@BrowardSheriffsOffice) or email the questions to AskTheSheriff@sheriff.org.

THIS REPORT BY:
Carey Codd/Sr. PIO