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Written by: Treffert Clinic

More people in the world die by suicide than by war and murder combined. September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. YOU can make a difference. By taking five minutes to become informed and involved, you will be part of a worldwide movement to save lives…

This is the promotional tag line for “Take 5 to Save Lives” for World Suicide Prevention Day. Why IS this day important? Well, suicide does claim the lives of more people worldwide than war and murder combined, a startling statistic. However, let me break it down for you.

In Wisconsin:

  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for all residents.
  • It is the second leading cause of death in teenagers ages 13 to 18 years.
  • Middle-aged white males die most often by suicide than any other age group.
  • Military veterans are at extraordinarily high risk (nationally, one veteran per hour dies).
You likely may know a middle-aged white male, a teenager or a military veteran. Imagine them gone. Unfortunately, suicide is a silent killer; it is not publicized. You don’t see the stories on the news, for fear that there will be “copycats.” There is shame and stigma associated with suicide; people don’t talk much about it. Not as much as they should.

In some cases, suicide is preventable. If you knew that you could prevent someone’s death, including your own, would you? The Prevention Day initiative outlines five steps that YOU can take if you would like to make a difference.

1. Learn the signs: There are warning signs if someone is suicidal. There are hotlines and helplines. 2. Join the movement: Get on the social media bandwagon. 3. Spread the word: Tell your family and friends, have them get educated. 4. Support a friend: Reach out to someone in need. Sometimes, it takes a village. 5. Reach out: If you yourself are in trouble.

The decision to take one’s life is sometimes an impulse that passes. If you reach out to someone in need, you can provide support until that impulse is gone and save a life. Think of the ripple effect that would have in the many lives of our community. Suicide is everyone’s concern. www.take5tosavelives.

Please mark your calendar for October 13, 2016 Speaking About Suicide: Connecting Trauma-Informed Care to Suicide Prevention

For information about Fond du Lac community suicide prevention efforts, go to www.csifdl.org.

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