See Something, Say Something: Our Strength is in Community
By Village Manager Phil Kiraly
In preparing for the September 11 Remembrance at Am Shalom on Tuesday, I took time to reflect on how the strength of a community is often most visible in times of peril. After September 11, 2001, American flags waved throughout our neighborhoods and people from all walks of life came together to support our troops and first responders. Seventeen years later, and in what seems like an even more uncertain world, I think about the importance strong communities continue to play in keeping each other healthy and safe. This is one of many reasons why the Village is committed to supporting the 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.
The concept 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. Throughout the month, you’ll see information 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 to learn about the risk factors, and if you see someone who is struggling, say something. Learn more here >>
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.
Look for more information on the See Something, Say Something campaign from each organization in the upcoming issue of Inside Glencoe, set to hit mailboxes in early October.