EAP Counselors Destigmatize Mental Health and Suicide

Every September, King County observes Suicide Prevention Awareness Month as a reminder of the importance of checking in on each other and seeking support in times of crisis. This year, King County Balanced You talks with Employee Assistance Program (EAP) counselors about how to support loved ones, and the importance of destigmatizing the conversation around suicide and mental health.

If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org to reach the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.

Conversation with Tierra Lovelace

Tierra Lovelace, EAP counselor, talks about disparities within the mental health field for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) and how we can destigmatize the conversation around suicide in BIPOC communities.

Conversation with Evie Lewis-McNeil

Evie Lewis-McNeil, EAP counselor, talks about what to do if you or a loved one is facing suicidal thoughts and how we can destigmatize the conversation around suicide.

Upcoming Event: Panel discussion for Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Thursday, Sept. 29 from 1 to 2 p.m. Register here.

This event is intended to provide an opportunity for King County employees to normalize the discussion around mental health, learn how to identify early warning signs of suicidal ideation, and learn more about resources available to support the mental health of employees and their loved ones. The panel will be coordinated by our employee well-being team, Balanced You, and feature a panel of King County mental health experts.

Moderator:

Karla Clark, King County Balanced You

Panelists:

Robyn Smith, King County Department of Community and Human Services-Behavioral Health and Recovery Division

Tierra Lovelace, King County Employee Assistance Program

Evie Lewis-McNeil, King County Employee Assistance Program and Making Life Easier

To learn more about how to recognize warning signs and risk factors for suicide, visit this blog post.

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