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Saturday, September 08, 2012 12:28 AM

The World Suicide Prevention Day is on Sept. 10 and the National Suicide Prevention Week is Sept. 9-15. 
Do you know what to do or where to get timely treatment and follow-up care for those at risk or actively suicidal? Locally 1-800-567-HOPE(4673) connects to crisis specialists. 
The Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Allen, Auglaize and Hardin Counties support the three county coalitions specifically targeting ways to prevent further suicides. GRASSP survivor groups meet in Allen and Auglaize counties to meet the needs of those grieving a suicide loss. 
In Lima, the 2012 Summit on Suicide Awareness and Prevention is slated for Sept. 18 and the 6th Annual Remembrance Walk will happen Sept. 29. There is help right here for each of us whether a worried friend, interested citizen, grieving parent or someone at risk.
It is extremely difficult to survive a loved one in a world content to ignore the tragedy unfolding before its eyes. Cultural attitudes and taboo coupled with the lack of awareness that suicide is a top 10 health threat fuel the increasing numbers. This is everybody’s problem. It is killing the young and old, friends and coworkers, skilled and unskilled — only the very young appear exempt. 
Educate yourself and get involved in prevention so that someone you know and love might keep living.

GRASSP Support Group Facilitator
Valerie Coffey


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