Learn how you can help prevent suicide

info@islandpacket.comSeptember 13, 2013 

Sept. 10 was World Suicide Prevention Day. As a volunteer with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, I encourage everyone to get involved, whether you have been affected by suicide or not.

As the surgeon general said, "Preventing suicide is everyone's business."

So what can you do? Learn how to recognize warning signs and risk factors such as depression, changes in behavior and increased use of drugs or alcohol. Take any threats of suicide seriously.

Talk about it. It is a myth that asking someone about suicide will put the idea into his or her head. If you are worried about someone, ask if he or she is thinking about suicide. It can save a life. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) if you or someone you know is in crisis.

Lastly, participate in the Out of the Darkness Community Walk on Oct. 27 at Jarvis Creek Park on Hilton Head Island. The walk supports AFSP's mission of creating a world without suicide through funding research, education and advocacy programs. Visit www.outofthedarkness.org to register or write to vrileyhhi@gmail.com

Vanessa Riley, chairman

AFSP-SC Chapter

Hilton Head Island

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