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Suicide Prevention Campaign

Suicide Prevention Campaign

The first step to feeling better is talking about your feelings.

Our priority is the mental health of our people. Recent natural disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic have had a negative effect on the emotional wellbeing of many, and support is urgently needed. During January 2020, 24 suicide deaths were reported among older adults. In February 2020, a total of 23 suicide deaths were reported, and just last week 5 suicide deaths were reported in two days. A heartbreaking scene that is not new to the reality of Puerto Rico. In 2018, 243 suicides were reported, of which 87% were men and 13% were women. 72% were older adults aged 50 to 69 years, and an average of 8% of them identified as LGBT +. We continue to provide mental health support that includes therapy, counseling, mindfulness sessions, and more. In these efforts, we have joined forces with New York City and their Department of the Aging to develop the EXPRÉSATE PUERTO RICO campaign and its English version OPEN UP PUERTO RICO. The campaign is aimed at LGBT + older adults and older adults in general in Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican diaspora in New York City. Our genuine thanks to the City of New York for their support and effort in making this campaign possible. We continue to contribute to what we value the most: the mental health and wellbeing of our people.

Contact us at SAGE Puerto Rico, Community Center for the LGBT+ Older Adult

787.940.8851

We are here to help!

If you are an LGBT+ senior struggling with depression, anxiety or thoughts of suicide, YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

Open Up, there’s no shame in asking for help.

If you need immediate support in Puerto Rico please contact:

The PAS Line
1 800 981 0023

In case of emergency please call 911

All of your donations go directly to provide services for our communities.
The need is deep, and the resources are shallow.

We offer support to the marginalized and vulnerable sectors of society by giving them the necessary help to strengthen their community and family environment.

San Juan

1149 Ave Américo Miranda,
San Juan, PR 00921
787.940.8851 waves@wavesahead.org

Cabo Rojo

Mestre and Baldorioty Street Corner, Old Recycling and Environmental Health Center Cabo Rojo, PR 006231
787.940.8851 waves@wavesahead.org, caborojo@wavesahead.org

Maunabo

Ave. Calimano, Highway 759, Old School José S. Navarro. Back.
Maunabo, PR 00707.
787.940.8851
waves@wavesahead.org,
caborojo@wavesahead.org