Some sobering facts about suicide in the United States:
- Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the United States.
- One suicide occurs on average every 15.2 minutes.
- Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among 15 to 25 year olds.
International Association for Suicide Prevention sponsors World Suicide Prevention Day held on September 10th of every year. Their goal is to raise awareness around the globe that suicide can be prevented based on this year’s theme to raise awareness of the fact that all countries in the world are multicultural since risk factors and warning signs vary on culture.
To show your support the IASP invites you to light a candle in the window at 8pm on September 10th to remember a lost loved one, or support someone who has survived suicide.
Need another way to support? Check out TrevorTalkToMe.org for some great tips and advice on how to change someone’s life.
The American Association of Suicidology is spreading the word about the 37th Annual National Suicide Prevention Week and JMU is helping out. During the week of September 4th through the 10th various events will be held at all home athletic activities as well as posted information across campus.
Melissa Hopely, from the Active Mind’s Speaker’s Bureau, The Heard, will be speaking to the JMU and Harrisonburg community Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Festival and Student Conference Center Ballroom.