David Y. Ige | DOH press release: DOH, Prevent Suicide Hawaii Task Force recognizes National Suicide Prevention Month



DOH press release: DOH, Prevent Suicide Hawaii Task Force recognizes National Suicide Prevention Month

Posted on September 10, 2021 in News, Newsroom

HONOLULU – The Department of Health Emergency Medical Services and Injury Prevention (EMSIPSB) of the Hawai’i Department of Health and Task Force Prevent Suicide Hawai’i are taking action to recognize National Suicide Prevention Month. In September there will be nationwide events to raise awareness of this topic.

In Hawaii, someone dies of suicide every two days. Suicide is the leading killer of those ages 15 to 64 and the 10th leading cause of death in the state. From 2016 to 2020, 957 Hawaiian residents died of suicide.

“Suicide is a serious, complex, and preventable public health problem,” said Alvin C. Bronstein MD, director, emergency medical services and injury prevention. “Suicide prevention requires a strategic and comprehensive approach, including outreach and working with stakeholders to ensure that resources are available to those most in need. This is particularly important during the pandemic. “

This year the “Out of Darkness Experience” of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) chapter “Out of Darkness Experience” will take place practically nationwide on Saturday, September 18 from 9:00 am. This annual event is designed to raise awareness of suicide prevention resources and provide support to those at risk, relatives of suicide survivors, and the general public. To register for the Out of Darkness Experience, visit the Hawai’i Virtual Walk.

“Our goal is to raise awareness of suicide prevention across the country and educate everyone about the support services available,” said Renee Yu, suicide prevention coordinator for the Ministry of Health. “These services include suicide prevention training for healthcare professionals, survivor referral, and family member support.”

Depression, anxiety, and isolation are risk factors and warning signs of suicide. If you or someone you know experiences any of these feelings on a regular basis, or if the frequency or severity of the feelings increases, seek help immediately by talking to a trusted friend, family member, or psychiatrist.

Mental health professionals are trained to help people feel better before mental illness leads to thoughts of suicide. Minors 14 Years or older can consent to outpatient mental health without the consent, knowledge or cooperation of parents or legal guardians after consultation and consent of their licensed therapist.

To learn more about suicide prevention in Hawaii, visit http://health.hawaii.gov/injuryprevention/home/suicide-prevention/information/.

Important resources

  • the Hawai’i CARES hotline is a free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week coordination center for drug use, mental health and crisis intervention support. Locally trained and qualified employees of clinical and crisis call centers offer supportive advice, screening for urgent or emerging needs in the field of mental health or substance use, recommendations for behavioral health assessments as well as services and crisis interventions. Anyone in Hawaii can call Hawai’i CARES at 1 (800) 753-6879. For more information on Hawai’i CARES, please visit https://hicares.hawaii.gov/.
  • the Line of crisis text offers free crisis advice around the clock. Send ALOHA to 741741 and you will be connected live with a trained crisis advisor who will answer you on a secure online platform. More information is available at https://www.crisistextline.org.
  • the Hawaii Gift Center For assistance with poisoning emergencies, call 1 (800) 222-1222. Help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Further information can be found at https://hipoisoncenter.org.
  • For more information on how to combat suicide, see

Activities of the suicide prevention month 2021



  • Go to: PreventSuicideKauai.org for details and updates on all September activities on Kaua’i
  • To donate, volunteer or have questions about the activities on Kaua’i, contact: Patricia Wistinghausen / [email protected] / # 808-346-7492
  • 1.-30. September: Post It Forward Kaua’i – You have this Kaua’i Ohana September Challenge on Instagram instagram.com/yougotthiskauai
  • 16.09 .: Suicide Prevention 101 Virtual Training / 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. via Zoom
  • 23.09 .: Suicide Prevention 101 Virtual Training / 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. via Zoom
  • September 27th: Meeting of the Kaua’i Task Force Prevent Suicide / 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. via Zoom
  • Sept. 29th: Hale ‘Opio Youth Suicide & Mobbing Prevention Training / in person from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • September 29: Kaua’i Mental Health Advocates Community Conversation on Suicide Prevention / 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. via Zoom


  • September 10: Proclamation by the District Mayor


  • August 30: 2 p.m. Proclamation by the District Mayor
  • September 8: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sign waving in front of the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center with members of the Maui County Prevent Suicide Task Force and Keiki of Maui Economic Opportunity
  • Sept 10th: Suicide Prevention Foundations (SP 101) training
  • Sep 14: Adolescent Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)
  • September 30th, 2nd Annual Mini-Conference on Maui Suicide Prevention, “Consider Cultural and Social Protective Factors in Suicide Prevention”. Contact: Danielle Bergan, [email protected], and Kristin Mills, [email protected]

Hawaii Island:

  • 6-10 September: Proclamation by the district mayor on the National Month of Suicide Prevention.
  • Sept 10th: Waving signs in different places. Contact: Yolisa Duley, [email protected]

Focus on the military and veterans:

  • September 14: 8:00 am – 9:30 am, AM 830 radio time with Rick Hamada Feature VA Pacific Islands Health Care System Community Engagement and Partnerships Coordinator Travis Schmidt
  • The Joint Military Suicide Prevention Task Force (JMSPTF) meets every first Thursday of the month from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. For more information, contact: Stefany Garcia, [email protected], Melody bell, [email protected]

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