August 31st marks International Overdose Awareness Day, a day that is geared towards bringing awareness to the stigma surrounding suicide. Currently, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death between the ages of 10-34, only second to accidental deaths in the US. Due to the stigma surrounding mental health only half of the population will try to seek help for their diagnosis, however out of everyone who does seek help, 90% are treated successfully.
Bakersfield Behavioral Healthcare Hospital is holding their first annual “Evening of Hope” virtual event on August 31st, 2020 with a go live time of 7:30pm. This evening will be a virtual Facebook Live event where they will be joined by special guest speakers and musical performers.
As the sun sets that evening, they will light up the outside of their hospital in purple lights to show their solidarity with those who struggle with thoughts of suicide on a daily basis. They will also be selling virtual luminaries that will stay lit on their website and social media page throughout the month of September, with all proceeds to benefit The Jason Foundation and The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, both national non-profit organizations which lead the way in suicide education and prevention.
Bakersfield Behavioral invites all in their community to visit their Facebook page for more details, the link to purchase luminaries, as well as additional information on how to join them for their virtual event. www.facebook.com/bakersfieldbehavioral
Contact: Amber Smithson
Phone Number: 661-747-8697
Facility Name: Bakersfield Behavioral Healthcare Hospital
Facility Address: 5201 White Lane
Regarding: Evening of Hope Virtual Event
Effective Date: Aug. 31st @ 7:30 pm