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CAPC Newsletter                                                  September 2018


National Suicide Prevention Week


Although there is no single cause of suicide, one of the risks for suicide is soc ial isolation, and there's scientific evidence for reducing suicide risk by making sure we connect with one another.  We can all play a role through the power of connection  by having real conversations about mental health with people in everyday moments - whether it's with those closest to us, or the coffee barista, parking lot attendant, or the grocery store clerk.

It's also about the connection we each have to the cause, whether you're a teacher, a physician, a mother, a neighbor, a veteran, or a suicide loss survivor or attempt survivor. We don't always know who is struggling, but we do know that one conversation could save a life.

Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues.

Each year, more than  41,000 individuals die by suicide, leaving behind their friends and family members to navigate the tragedy of loss. In many cases, friends and families affected by a suicide loss (often called "suicide loss survivors") are left in the dark. Too often the feelings of shame and stigma prevent them from talking openly.

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month-a time to share resources and  stories in an effort to shed light on this highly taboo and stigmatized topic. We use this month to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and connect individuals with suicidal ideation to treatment services. It is also important to ensure that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention.

If you are in crisis or are experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts, 
call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 

We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.



While suicide prevention is important to address year-round, Suicide Prevention Awareness Month provides a dedicated time to come together with collective passion and strength around a difficult topic. The truth is, we can all benefit from honest conversations about mental health conditions and suicide, because just one conversation can change a life.



Family Strengthening  
Mini-Grants Now Available!
 
We are excited to announce that funding is available for Family Strengthening mini-grant proposals for the 2018-19 fiscal year. Mini-grants will be awarded up to $2,000. Funding is provided by the Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council (ACAPC).
 
Grants are available for qualified organizations and agencies to provide Family Strengthening programs within the County of Amador.
 
Family Strengthening is the premise that children do well when families do well, and that
families do well when they live in supportive communities. Enhancing connections within
families, and between families, and the institutions that affect them, result in better outcomes
for children and their families.
 
Mini-Grant Application

Mini-Grant applications may be submitted to ACAPC at any time throughout the 2018-19 fiscal year, however grant reviews and awards will occur bi-monthly.
Upcoming Events

Resilient Amador
Join CAPC in creating a county-wide effort to recognize and address the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences(ACEs) in Amador County.

Next steering committee meeting, Tuesday, September 11, 3:00-5:00pm, 975 Broadway.   


Learn How the Trauma Informed Systems Approach Can Promote Resilient Families, Agencies and Communities
Thursday, September 27, 10:00am - 4:00pm,  Columbia, CA
Light breakfast and lunch provided.


Resilient Amador presents its first county-wide collaborative gathering.
Tuesday, October 9, 5:00-7:oopm.
Join us to make a difference: reduce childhood trauma, develope trauma-informed systems, and create a thriving and resilient Amador County. Dinner and child care will be provided.
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Free Mandated Reporter Training  
The second Thursday of every month, from 10:00am - 12:00pm, the Child Abuse Prevention Council is holding free mandated reporter trainings. Open to parents, child care providers, teachers, the community, staff or colleagues needing a refresher course, or new staff with no previous training, give us a call, (209) 223-5921. For the flyer with all the information, click HERE

 
Next CAPC Meeting
Monday, September 6, 10:30am-12:00pm
975 Broadway, Jackson 


  
Building a Resilient Amador!

The relationship between adversity within a family and adversity within a community are directly related. Nourish the soil and the roots, and your leaves and blossoms will flourish and grow! Ignore the soil and the roots, and the leaves and flowers will wither away.





The Child Abuse Prevention Council is working towards 
building a community that tends its soil so everyone can thrive!

To learn more or to get involved, give us a call (209) 223-5921, or send u an  email: info@amadorcapc.org.


 
It's still hot, and kids are swimming. Let's all keep an eye on our little ones who are most vulnerable.


About CAPC

Our Vision
All children know how they are valued; all families receive the support, education and tools necessary to give every child a safe, healthy, and nurturing home; and a community that actively supports the health, safety, and education of its children.

Our Mission 
CAPC is committed to preventing all forms of child abuse in Amador County through community partnerships, free trainings, education, and family-centered events that value children, strengthen families, and engage communities. 
Investing in Our Youngest Children
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