New Directions launches 2021 Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month toolkit
Coordinated behavioral health company donates to organizations making an impact.
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – September 3, 2021 – New Directions Behavioral Health
today announced that it has launched its annual
Suicide Prevention & Awareness toolkit
for the national awareness month in September. According to the CDC, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States –
and rates have been on the rise for the past two decades.
Suicide is preventable, which is why spreading awareness, reducing the stigma around mental health conditions and
educating communities about how to support someone who may be struggling is critical to saving lives. New Directions,
a coordinated behavioral health company, created a toolkit of videos, posters, articles and more that can be downloaded
and shared during National Suicide Prevention & Awareness Month in September, and all year round.
“Identifying those at risk and engaging them in the right treatment are two important steps in preventing suicide,” said
Dr. Bernard DiCasimirro, chief medical officer at New Directions.
“As a part of our risk assessment program at New Directions, anyone who reaches our
contact centers is routinely screened for suicidal thoughts, intentions and plans. This
is critically important because without that initial screening, a person might not receive the care they really need.”
In addition to being on the frontlines supporting individuals with behavioral health treatment, New Directions is also
helping other organizations spread awareness. This year, the company sponsored the
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention North Florida Chapter,
which funds educational programs, support and resources for survivors of suicide loss.
New Directions also sponsored
Suicide Awareness Survivor Support
, an organization that works to promote healing
through a network of support in the aftermath of suicide, serving the greater Kansas City area.
“We all have a role to play in reducing the stigma by being open about our own mental health and
normalizing asking for help,” said Dr. DiCasimirro. “One of the best ways you can help someone who is
struggling is to just listen.
Give them a safe space to talk about how they’re feeling and know where to go for help if you suspect they are in danger.”
To learn about warning signs, ways to cope and more, visit
About New Directions Behavioral Health
New Directions improves access to quality behavioral healthcare through a comprehensive suite of coordinated behavioral
health services. The company reaches over 15 million individuals across the
nation, in partnership with health plans, employers and higher education institutions.
Leveraging more than 25 years of experience, New Directions delivers an integrated approach to
whole-person care with a commitment to innovation that puts members first.
Learn more at ndbh.com.