Have Hope program aims for zero suicides

Hope is on the horizon thanks to partnership with WTHR

It was one year ago that Community Health Network partnered with WTHR to launch Have Hope, a two-year public service effort to raise awareness about suicide and to help more Hoosiers get the help they need. This vital partnership has developed an array of powerful public service announcements that drive viewers to online suicide prevention resources for teenagers, parents and educators. The overall effort is part of Community’s Zero Suicide Initiative, a bold and aspirational goal to achieve a zero percent suicide incidence rate among patients.

Events in the community

Visit the Have Hope booth (#310) at this year’s WTHR Health and Fitness Expo on April 22 and 23 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. There, Community and WTHR are hosting an exhibit to share the warning signs associated with suicide through interactive displays and on-site discussions with members of Community’s behavioral health and primary care teams.

Have Hope is a suicide prevention program

“WTHR does a variety of things to help people in our community get active and healthy, among them is our Health and Fitness Expo, which is in its fifth year,” says Larry Delia, President and General Manager of WTHR. “Much of the focus has been on physical health—you can get important health screenings there. But we didn’t want mental health to take a backseat, so we partnered with Community to bring mental health to the forefront so that the Expo addresses every aspect of health. We want people who are suffering to know that they are not alone and that help is out there.”

Cathy Boggs, Executive Director for Government and Affiliate Relations of Community’s Behavioral Health Services, agrees that the partnership with WTHR is all about help and hope because “every life lost to suicide is one too many.”

Resources available 24/7

The HaveHope.com website, which includes warning signs, risk factors and facts about suicide in Indiana, saw more than 21,000 unique visits from May of 2016 to mid-January of 2017, and visits surge after public awareness spots air on WTHR. “The surge in visits means our message is getting through. People are recognizing that there is a place to go for treatment resources to help themselves and others,” Cathy says.

“The advantage of HaveHope.com is that it allows people to access information at any time of the day or night, anonymously, if they wish. There’s even a depression screening tool for teens. And anyone who is in crisis can text ‘Help Now’ to 20121 or call 1-800-273-8255 toll-free and get the help they need.”

To make a gift in support of Have Hope and Community’s behavioral health services, visit bit.ly/CHNFdonate.