September 10, 2014 is national suicide awareness day. We are walking in memory of those who have lost their lives to depression and suicide. We would like to honor those who have suffered and those who continue to fight against symptoms of suicidal ideation and depression.
All of us as a community are negatively impacted by the loss of a neighbor due to suicide. Healthy and strong neighbors contribute to healthy and strong communities. We need each other for ongoing support and strength to combat life’s challenges that can lead to depression. Education and prevention is a must in the fight against suicide.
We would also like to increase awareness and offer an avenue for help through Charlotte Behavioral Health Care. All of us can play a part whether big or small in helping spread awareness. It takes baby steps and adult strides walking and working together as we move forward toward preventing suicide and supporting each other through the process.
Please join us at Gilchrist Park, Punta Gorda at 7:00 pm if you are able. No one has a voice quite like you. You can make a positive difference in many lives by being aware of Suicide Prevention Day and spreading the word and education about suicide prevention. Thank you for your help and participation!
Every year, over 800,000 almost people die from suicide; this roughly corresponds to one death every 40 seconds. The number of lives lost each year through suicide exceeds the number of deaths due to homicide and war combined.
Suicide is the fifth leading causes of death among those aged 30-49 years in 2012 globally, and is the second leading cause of death in the 15-29 years age group in 2012 globally. Overall, it is estimated that during 2012 for each adult who died of suicide there were 27 others who made suicide attempts.~ excerpted www.iasp.info/wspd/