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National Suicide Prevention Week

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States.

Suicide is a national health problem, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. AFSP reports suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States; the second leading cause of death among college age adults.

The week of September 9 - 15 is National Suicide Prevention Week.  The AFSP suggests three ways to become part of the national movement to prevent suicide. 

If you are in crisis, call 1-800-273-TALK to speak to someone immediately through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, or see the list of local resources below.

Be informed. Learn about suicide risk factors, warning signs and how to help someone who is in crisis. This information can help save lives.

Raise awareness. Share this information with friends and family in person, and using your social media profiles.  AFSP National Capital Area Chapter Board Chairman Steve Iselin says talking about suicide prevention is one of the most important first steps toward saving lives.

Be involved.

Additional Resources

Crisis Link, www.crisislink.org, 1-800-SUICIDE or 703-527-4077

Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board Emergency, www.fairfaxcounty.gov/csb, 703-383-8500 (TTY: 703-207-7737)

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LeChele Gilly September 10, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Saving the lives of our loved ones starts with a conversation. Reach out and talk to the people in your life who you suspect are in deep pain. http://www.blackwiththeblues.com/2012/09/national-suicide-prevention-week-first.html
Jerri Lyn September 11, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Thank you, Fairfax County Mental Health Services and Woodburn Crisis Care for saving my life from suicide in 2007/2008. I hope you can help others like you've helped. me.

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