Suicide Awareness Month

Suicide is a difficult topic to discuss. There is a fear that even saying the word suicide, will plant the idea into a person’s head. On average, one person dies every seven hours by suicide in Michigan, suicide is the second leading cause of death for 15-34 year olds in the state.There are many different reasons one choses suicide, though rarely is there a single reason. Job loss, substance abuse, relationship changes all can contribute to the feeling of hopelessness and suicide.

There is a stigma attached to suicide that prevents many from seeking help, it is time for a change, a time to stop the stigma, a time of awareness and education.

September is Suicide Prevention month, communities around the nation are hosting events to raise awareness, offer education, while remembering those who have lost their lives to suicide and those they left behind.

Houghton Keweenaw Communities That Care (CTC) is hosting the Second Annual Suicide Prevention walk on September 22, registration begins at 10:00 at Bridgeview Park in Houghton. Walkers will make their way towards Kestner Park (Chutes and Ladders).where there will be remembrance activities for participants in honor of those they loved who lost their lives to suicide. The CTC is also offering suicide prevention education opportunities, such as Question Persuade Refer (QPR) that teaches how to recognize someone in crisis and how to talk to them. If you or your organization would like more information on QPR please contact Mary LeDoux at Dial Help 906-482-9077.

If you are someone you love is in crisis please call Dial Help at (906) 482-HELP (4357) or text (906) 35-NEEDS (63337) someone is there 24-7 to help. Do not suffer alone, break the stigma.

Mary LeDoux is the coordinator at Houghton-Keweenaw Communities That Care. For more information on the walk or the Houghton-Keweenaw CTC, call LeDoux at Dial Help 906-482-9077 or email at houghtonkeweenawctc@gmail.com.

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