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Published: Sat, September 09, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Bring darkness into the light

Bring darkness into the light

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Vermont (NAMI-VT) calls attention to September 10 as World Suicide Prevention Day, "a day to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness, and connect individuals with suicidal ideation to appropriate treatment and services", the organization writes in a press release. If you feel a loved one is in immediate danger, seek emergency help by calling 911, contact a mental health professional, or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Based on the nation's population of 23.55 million, the percentage means that 1.53 million people are emotionally disturbed and need help, center director Lee Ming-been (李明濱) yesterday told a news conference held to mark World Suicide Prevention Day.

Mental health is no laughing matter. Depression is a slippery slope, and I am proud of our community's effort to shine a light on the preventable and devastating tragedy of suicide.

Also on September 9 and 10 is "Out of the Darkness", a suicide prevention awareness co-ed softball tournament, one-pitch, and ASA-sanctioned.

The proclamation was drafted by Yorkville Alderman Joel Frieders, who initiated a campaign to get the proclamation read by as many local governments in IL as possible. We know from the CDC that suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States and the only one in the top ten that is on the rise. "Also, yoga is an effective way to reach teen girls, who make up one of the fastest-growing demographics of suicide victims". This means that people of all ages are vulnerable to suicide ideation and attempts. Have you been affected by a suicide? Many suicides are preventable through conversations and education. "Their deaths leave countless family and friends bereaved and their communities impacted", states a posting on the Canadian Association of Suicide Prevention website (suicideprevention.ca).

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