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Let's Talk About Suicide Prevention

September 12, 2011 - Theresa Proudfit
We lost another young girl to suicide this week. In fact there were about 20 deaths of people under the age of 21 in Dickinson County in the past year. We need to do something about this. We need to start talking about this. Talk to your friends, co-workers, your children, your children's friends. I guarantee everyone knows of someone who has thought of taking their own life.

The 3rd Annual Out of Darkness walk will be taking place on September 17, 2011 at The City Park in Iron Mountain. By walking in the Out of the Darkness Community Walks, you increase awareness about depression and suicide and provide support for survivors of suicide loss. Talking about suicide does not make someone want to kill themselves. Talking about suicide helps prevent suicide. Plain and simple. Healthy, happy, people don't pick up the newspaper read an article about suicide and decide it is time to take their life. On the other hand someone who may have decided to take their life may pick up the newspaper, read an article about someone who lost a friend or family member to suicide and decide to get help. That is my hope.

After losing a great friend in 2008 I have become proactive in suicide prevention and think the number one way to fight suicide is to talk about it. You sit down with you child and discuss drinking, drugs and sex..this is the time to also discuss suicide. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among those 15 to 25 years of age and the 6th leading cause of death among those 5 to 14 years of age. Why are we not talking about this with our children?

For more information on the walk contact Carole Waitrovich, chairperson or Tina Tappy, co-chairperson through email at or by phone (906) 396-7819 or (906) 828-1240

For more information on suicide prevention visit or If you are considering suicide please call 1-800-273-8255 immediately.


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