As our society becomes more health-conscious, there has been an increased focus on the importance of exercise. Many people exercise to control weight and get in better physical condition to become more healthy or physically attractive, but exercise and stress management are also closely linked. Exercise can be an extremely effective stress reliever for several reasons.
Click below to hear Alex Shendelman (starting at 23:40 on the track) discuss mental health, suicide prevention, intervention and post-vention as well survivor of loss support with Brett Dakin.
Alex is our Survivor of Suicide Loss & Survivor of Homicide Loss Programs Lead for Distress Centres.
A survivor of suicide loss himself, Alex has spent the last thirteen years building a community of support for those who have experienced a similar loss. He has spoken on a variety of topics pertaining to suicide and homicide loss as well as mental health for a wide range of highly acclaimed and grassroots organizations.
As personable as he is knowledgeable, Alex is personally invested in helping each program member find their personal pathway forward.
The 2012 edition of this toolkit was designed with both the print reader and digital reader in mind; the layout has been altered to make it easy to read in any format, whether online, on a mobile device, or in print.
Additionally, you will find that copies of paper documents, fact sheets and handouts have been replaced with direct hyperlinks embedded within the online version (and visible in the print version). By providing electronic access to these resources, the 2012 Texas Suicide Prevention and Postvention Toolkit facilitates the ability to access critical, most current information, tools and research efficiently and effectively.
This year’s edition also incorporates best practices resources, training and education materials made available from leading national organizations such as:
- American Association of Suicidology
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Mental Health America
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
- National Institutes of Health
- National Institute of Mental Health
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- Suicide Awareness Voices of Change
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration
As we are all aware, suicide is a public health issue. By working together to facilitate change in our communities, we are confident we can make Texas a healthier and happier state for all.