WESTFIELD, NJ — The volunteer staffed crisis hotline Caring Contact is raising awareness during National Suicide Prevention Month with coffee sleeves that have been distributed to cafés in the town.

Ahrre’s Coffee Roastery, Boxwood Coffee Roasters and Farinolio are all distributing the sleeves with Caring Contact's logo to help educate and reduce the stigma surrounding suicide, Caring Contact announced. The shops are also displaying a sign with the crisis hotline's number.

“National Suicide Prevention Month is an important time each year to refocus on supporting our loved ones, friends and colleagues who may be struggling emotionally,” said Janet Sarkos, Caring Contact’s executive director in a news release.

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“Awareness events, fundraising initiatives and community conversations are all excellent ways to get involved and are key components to ensuring resources are available and accessible for all. Through their support, Northfield Bank, Ahrre’s, Boxwood and Farinolio are helping the public to know about resources that are available when someone is in crisis.”

Erin Bellamy, the owner of Boxwood Coffee, thanked Caring Contact for its efforts.

“We believe that everyone should feel they have someone to turn to when they need to talk,” Bellamy said. She added that Caring Contact provides a safe environment where people can go for help without judgment.

While Caring Contact’s message of awareness comes during National Suicide Prevention Month, it remains relevant year-round.

“Caring Contact encourages individuals to embrace the campaign of #BeThe1To,” the group’s release said. “#BeThe1To is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s message for National Suicide Prevention Month and beyond which helps spread the word about actions we can all take to prevent suicide.”

Persons who are in crisis and need someone to listen may call Caring Contact at 908-232-2880. To learn more, visit www.caringcontact.org

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