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NBC12 VIEWPOINT: September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

By: Kym Grinnage email 

Hello, can I talk to you for a minute? I will venture to say that everyone within the sound of my voice knows someone who has been directly impacted by the suicide of a friend or family member.

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. It’s called awareness month because awareness is the most important first step to help prevent a suicide.

Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age gender our background. Did you know that suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people? And did you know, that at least 20 veterans per day, every day, commit suicide in America? The cause in most cases is untreated mental health issues.

Although we have made great progress, there is still a stigma attached to talking about and dealing with mental health.  

If you know of someone that is having a hard time coping, don’t ignore it, help them get the help that they need.

For more information about suicide prevention, go to the National Alliance on Mental Illness or NAMI.org.

Please take action and save a life.

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