Remembering those lives lost

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

September is suicide awareness month

Suicide is a heartbreaking event that shakes the lives of many people regardless of socioeconomic or social status.

Locally, Senior Life Solutions is hosting events to help acknowledge victims lost to suicide and give their families and friends a way to celebrate their lives.

On Thursday, in honor of Suicide Awareness Month, there will be balloon release for those lost to suicide at 2 p.m. in the Cassville Mercy Hospital main entrance parking lot area. Then, on Sept. 30 at 2 p.m., also in the hospital parking lot, there will be walk to celebrate those victims.

According to The Center for Disease Control (CDC), suicide rates have increased by 33 percent between 1999 and 2019, and in 2019 it was the ninth leading cause of death in Missouri, and is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States.

In 2019, approximately 12 million Americans considered suicide, with 1.4 million attempts. Suicide affects all age ranges, but for ages 10-34, it is the second leading cause of death.

In addition, suicide rates are higher in young people or teens who are members of the LGBTQ+ community.

However, suicide can be prevented, and a reported 90 percent of those who survive a suicide attempt never go on to commit suicide.

By strengthening economic and financial aspects of life, access to suicide care, promoting peer norm programs and community engagement, teaching coping skills, creating safe environments and most importantly, identifying and supporting those who are at risk of suicidal attempts, people can help prevent suicide in their homes, schools and communities.

People can reach the suicide prevention lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for free and confidential access to a trained counselor.

In addition, the local Clark Center office number is 417-476-1000. The 24-hour Crisis Line is 1-800-801-4405.

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