While Nevada has been improving, we are still ranked among the top states for annual suicides. With suicide and depression so prevalent, preventative measures are an important aspect of creating a vibrant and sustainable community for Las Vegas residents to thrive.
One of our co-founders, wrote a book, Put Away The Razor on her personal struggle with depression and suicidal ideology, and her passion for helping “lift up” others in Las Vegas stems from her deep understanding of the effects of this mental illness. Mental illness still carries significant stigma, so much so that when writing the book, Alice felt it was important to publish it under a pen name, to protect herself from any workplace repercussions.
The Center for Disease Control published a strategy guide for preventing suicide, which you can find here. They suggested that communities focus on connecting people in community, establishing partnerships, and monitoring vulnerable populations.
Our goal with Lift Up Vegas is to use the tools and resources we have created as well as those available through our partners, along with being available as a research resource, to support other organizations work in the community to support vulnerable populations and improving the wellbeing of those who are highest at risk, while providing education, support, and resources to all.
We invite you to join our community and make new friends amongst people who care about and prioritize wellbeing without stigmatizing mental illness. On our calendar page you can learn more about our upcoming events, and you can sign up for our newsletter to be notified if new events become available. We are always looking for people to get involved in other ways, so feel free to use the get involved page to help us connect with you.
If you’re looking for local Las Vegas resources for those dealing with depression, suicidal thoughts, or other mental illness, please check out our mental health resources page, here.
The suicide rates speak for themselves — not everyone who needs help is getting it. And a suicide attempt is usually the sign that someone is at the end of thier endurance and ability to cope and have hope for themselves. Many more are dealing with mental health issues who are not at that level of crisis, who we hope can receive the support and help recovering thier physical and mental health, so that they never make an attempt on thier life.
Nevada’s support system is not where it needs to be, and we won’t consider that it is, until Nevada is in the top 10 least suicidal states, instead of having recently been in the top 10 most suicidal states.