In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 8-14, I would like to use this time to encourage the public to learn more about suicide and ways to prevent it.
Learning the key warning signs - such as feelings of hopelessness withdrawing from family and friends and making suicidal statements - can help save lives. Suicide is a national emergency.
If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal or just needs to talk, help is available by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255. Someone will always listen.
Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among people ages 15-24. Worldwide there are more deaths to suicide than accidents, homicides and war combined. Over one millions people attempt suicide annually in America. Every 13 minutes someone dies by suicide in the United States.
Another way the community can help is by volunteering and participating in the 5th Annual
Dickinson County Out Of The Darkness Suicide Prevention Memorial Walk. It's taking place at Iron Mountain City Park on Saturday, Sept. 7.
Registration can be done online by visiting The American Foundation For Suicide Prevention at www.outofthedarkness.org.
Walk-up registrations will be accepted between 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. the morning of the walk. Look for the building at City Park with the registration signs.
Walk Pre-Ceremony begins at 11 a.m. with the walk itself getting underway at 12 noon. This year's Memorial Walk event will include memorial quilts, memory boards, suicide education packets, horse riding, face painting, games for children, drawings for door prizes and dove release, along with live music, luncheon to follow the walk.
Whether you have been touched by suicide or not, I encourage you to attend.
Donations received will support both local and national suicide prevention for vital research, education programs, printed materials and awareness materials. Help stamp out the social stigma associated with depression, mental illness, and suicide.
QPR training - * Question *Persuade *Refer - is another way one can save lives on recognizing depression and suicidal ideation of other people. To learn more or to inquire about QPR training classes, access the QPR Institute online www.qprinstitute.com
More needs to be done to prevent suicide, and you can help make a difference. Suicide is a national emergency. Visit www.afsp.org.
Help our community erase stigma and walk in the light of hope and Out Of The Darkness of depression and mental illness.
Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
2013 Dickinson County Out Of Darkness Suicide Prevention Memorial Walk Event