September 4, 2022, 12:19 PM HST
Mental Health America of Hawai I hosts the third annual Suicide Prevention Mini-Conference on Maui on Thursday, September 8, 2022.
The conference, “From Prevention to After the Incident, Uniting Society to Save Lives,” was sponsored by Kamehameha Schools, Hoi no ki ola Bono, and Baba ola Lokahi. will be held in
King Kamehameha Golf Club from 8 am to 1 pm
The hope is to focus on prevention and provide attendees with the skills, tools, and resources to use in identifying risk factors for suicide, and how to talk to someone with suicidal thoughts.
In addition, the conference will focus on the aftermath of disappearance and will share ways of being present and helping loved ones and families after suicide.
The event is currently sold out, but there is a waiting list at the following link: https://bit.ly/MauiSPMiniCon
Additional Maui events include:
- September 13, 4:30 – 5:15 p.m.: Waving sign
- Queen Kaʻahumanu Shopping Center on Kaahumanu Street
- September 15: Mental health first aid training for young people
- September 23, 12 to 1 p.m.: Suicide Prevention Foundations Course
Suicide remains one of the leading preventable causes of death for Hawaiians. From 2017 to 2021, 979 Hawaiians died from suicide.
Anyone needing assistance can reach Hawaiʻi CARES by calling 808-832-3100 or 1-800-753-6879; Or use the chat function in suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/. Starting Saturday, July 16, the crisis hotline was launched 988 A number to connect individuals with the 808 area code phone number to the Hawaii CARES Crisis Line. Individuals calling from other area codes will be connected to a crisis center in another state. The three-digit number came into effect as Hawaii officially adopted the national number 988 calling code For direct access to resources for mental health and substance abuse crises.
- Hawaii Cares Provides free, confidential, 24/7 support for people in distress related to mental health or substance abuse. Locally trained and qualified clinical and crisis call center staff provide supportive advice, screening for urgent or emergency mental health or substance use needs, and referrals to behavioral health resources. DOH’s comprehensive services connect CARES callers and others with crisis mobile communication and other services. Call Hawaii CARES at 988, 808-832-3100, or toll-free at 1-800-753-6879. For more information, visit hicares.hawaii.gov.
- The Hawaii Poison Control Center Provides assistance for poisoning emergencies. Call 1-800-222-1222. For more information visit hipoisoncenter.org
- click over here Learn more about suicide prevention in Hawaii.
- For more information on taking action against suicide, visit
Resources available to those contemplating suicide include:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 24-hour hotline for individuals experiencing emotional distress or a suicide crisis, 800-273-8255 (TALK).
- Hawaiʻi Cares, Local Professionals Available 24 Hours a Day for Those Suffering from Mental Health Crisis and Stress, 800-753-6879.
- National Crisis Text Line, texting service is available 24 hours a day for those in crisis, text ‘ALOHA to 741-741’.
- The Trevor Project, a resource for LGBTQ+ youth, call 866-488-7386 (4U-TREVOR), text 202-304-1200 or chat online at TrevorChat.org.