A new program at CentraCare Health is helping to raise awareness about suicide in central Minnesota. Lisa Bershok is the new Suicide Prevention Program Manager. She says she spends a lot of time giving presentations out in the community including at a number of workplaces:
“Because we know 80-percent of individuals who die by suicide are of working age. So these are our co-workers. And if you think about where we spend as working adults a majority of the time — it’s at work.”
One in five Americans experiences mental illness. However, 60 percent of adults and 50 percent of youth with mental illness do not receive the health services they need.