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World Mental Health Day

Every 40 seconds, someone loses their life to suicide.

Every 40 seconds.

Every. 40. Seconds.

Today is World Mental Health day with the focus us on suicide prevention. Research shows that suicide can be linked to mental illness. Per the World Health Organization suicide was the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year-olds globally in 2016. Close to 800,000 people die by suicide every year. Every suicide is a tragedy that affects families, friends, communities, church families, and school families.

The statistics don’t lie. Suicide is a global public health problem.

It’s up to each and every one of us to help with suicide prevention. Here’s what we do know: starting a conversation, directing people to resources and help and listening to people can lower the rate of suicide. If you are worried about someone, take #40seconds to start that conversation. Take #40seconds to spread awareness today. Take #40seconds to reach out if you need help.

If you would like to help spread awareness through an activity locally, there is a Central Mississippi “Out of the Darkness Walk” October 19, 2019 at 9 AM at Strawberry Patch Park in Madison, MS. By participating in this walk, you will “join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.” Please click here: Out of the Darkness Central Mississippi Walk to register.

If you are struggling with mental illness or have thoughts of suicide, please reach out to someone. There are so many people who are ready to talk to you.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline is available 24/7: 1-800-273-8255.

National Suicide Prevention online chat: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/

If you are someone who has been affected by suicide, don’t walk that journey alone. Seek grief counseling, join a support group, or talk to a trusted pastor or other religious leader.

End the stigma. Let’s talk.

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