Know the Signs: Suicide Awareness Month with NAMI Contra Costa County
September 18, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm| Free
SATURDAY, SEPT. 18, 2021 AT 9:30 A.M.
CONTRA LOMA PARK, ANTIOCH
Please join us for a compassionate engagement of culturally diverse speakers talking through a lived experience lens, lifting the names of our loved ones lost by suicide, inlcuding a special person who was one of our own East County residents, and we will provide symbols of hope to attendees. We hope to include faith leaders, community members and school districts. We will raise awareness of “Knowing the Signs,” and grief counselors will be available on site for emotional support.
There will be activities and refreshments.
You are Not Alone!
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NAMI CC Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: Remembering Andie Lindeman
Alexi Lindeman, a high school student at Heritage High School in Brentwood, is raising awareness at her school this week about suicide prevention after her sister, Andie, died by suicide one year ago. On September 20, 2020, Andie, who was 21 and going to be a rising senior at U.C. Davis, jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge.
Andie was a triathlon club member and a very active and high-achieving student. She was an East Bay Regional Park District lifeguard at Contra Loma. She was huge on animal rights. But behind powerful words in journal entries found after her death, she felt uncertain and unprepared for her future and as if she was unworthy and a burden to her family.
Andie began receiving therapy services at the age of seven when she was diagnosed with anxiety disorder. By age 12, she was suicidal and medication was prescribed. Several hospitalizations followed, and mood disorder, female athletic triad, and eating disorder were added to her diagnosis. Five years later, she had improved enough to discontinue medication and graduate from Dozier Libbey Medical High School as the class Salutatorian. She went on to attend UC Davis, with the support of a medical team that included a registered dietician and private pay therapist. She was hard-working and persistent, but very hard on herself regarding expectations, something that worries Alexi when she notices it from her classmates.
Andie is survived by her parents, Alexi, and two other sisters who were left in devastated disbelief. No one expected it to happen and it deeply impacted her family, friends, and acquaintances. The Lindeman family supports each other through their loss and has grown closer from their tragedy. They try to do things in Andie’s memory, such as hiking to her favorite spot at Black Diamond Mines Regional Park and participating in “Andie’s Aggieathlon” at U.C. Davis where they biked 10 miles, ran 3 miles and swam 20 laps. Alexi has had to remain strong.
On September 18, 2021, with Alexi Lindeman’s assistance, NAMI Contra Costa will be hosting a suicide prevention event at 10 a.m. at Contra Loma focused on “Knowing the Signs.” She will provide symbols of hope to attendees and speak about her sister during a compassionate engagement of culturally diverse speakers talking through a lived experience lens, lifting the names of our loved ones lost by suicide. We hope to include faith leaders, community members and school districts. Grief counselors will be available on-site for emotional support.