See Something, Say Something Efforts Entering Second Year
By Village Manager Phil Kiraly
As fall quickly approaches, school resumes and holidays draw nearer, it’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of day-to-day life. But sometimes as we grow busier, we also grow less aware of the important part we play as a member of a community. Glencoe’s strength is in the way we support and connect with each other, which is why the Village is committed to supporting the on-going See Something, Say Something campaign—a collaborative effort between the Village, District 35, the Glencoe Park District, Family Service of Glencoe and the Glencoe Library. Now in its second year, the concept behind the See Something, Say Something campaign is simple: if you See Something – a suspicious person or activity, a student who is struggling, a family going through tough times alone, a person who is showing signs of depression or confusion – Say Something. Glencoe is blessed with access to world-class resources, but without the help of everyone in the community, our resources may never get to those who need them most.
The concept has special meaning in September which is national Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Please take time over the next several weeks to tune into the information being shared from the Village and Family Service of Glencoe (FSG) on the importance of understanding the risk factors of suicide and signs of depression, as well as tips for how to have hard conversations about mental health. As reported by FSG, research shows that simply talking about suicide with someone who is struggling can help to prevent it in many cases. We encourage you to take times this month (and really throughout the year) to learn about the risk factors, and if you see someone who is struggling, say something. Learn more here >>
New this year, the Village has also partnered with Family Service of Glencoe on becoming dementia friendly, as evidenced by Dementia Friendly America naming us a Dementia Friendly Community earlier this summer. The news comes as FSG and the Village officially began promoting the newly launched Dementia Friendly Glencoe Initiative. Through the initiative, FSG and the Village aim to provide community-wide education, awareness and mindfulness around dementia. Relating back to See Something, Say Something, through this initiative we also hope to grow as community in understanding how to support someone who may be lost, confused or showing other signs of memory loss.
Finally, the Public Safety Department reminds residents that in case of suspicious activity or a concern for another’s welfare, always call 911. Be aware of your surroundings and never question whether or not you should call. Even if you’re unsure of a situation, it’s better to alert Public Safety to the concern. All too often, we are seeing people post suspicious activity, and sometimes crimes in action, on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Nextdoor instead of calling for help. While social media may quickly spread information to some of your neighbors, these sites (and even the Village’s pages) are not monitored 24/7.
Thank you for taking time this month and throughout the year to See Something, Say Something.