Monday, March 1, 2010

Sue Scheff: Are you in crisis? Learn about suicide prevention

Each year over two thousand of Florida's citizens take their own lives. This number is more than twice the number of people murdered and significantly higher than the number of HIV related deaths. Florida ranks third in the nation for the highest number of suicide fatalities and has the 18th highest suicide rate. Suicide is the state's 9th leading cause of death. - Hope Promote Hope

The recent headlines of Marie Osmond's son's suicide with the death and apparent suicide of the TV actor of Growing Pains, Andrew Koenig, the time is now to learn about depression and prevention of suicide.

On March 24th, 2010 is Florida Suicide Prevention Day. This couldn't come a better time. Suicide Prevention Day at the Capitol is an annual statewide event in which the Statewide Office of Suicide Prevention and the Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition are joined by advocates, survivors, grassroots organizations, youth, and other state agencies to bring suicide to the forefront as a public health issue.

Florida Suicide Prevention Day flyer, click here. Help promote education and awareness.

Lighting the Darkness, an evening to remember lives that were lost to suicide is on March 22nd, 2010.

Be an educated parent, you will have a safer and healthier family.

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