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The Village of Montgomery recently recognized suicide prevention month that begins in September nationwide.
It is not uncommon for communities such as Montgomery or any one of those surrounding communities to experience a tragic event such as a suicide. The simple goal is to help promote resources and awareness around the issues of suicide prevention and teach how to help others and how to talk about suicide without increasing the risk of harm. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death among adults in the US, and the second leading cause of death among young people, with more than 41,000 deaths annually.
Throughout life’s struggles, we all need the occasional reminder that we are all fighting our own battles. Detailed in the Village proclamation, read by President Matthew Brolley, was the admonition: “We (the Board) encourage all residents to take the time to inquire as to the wellbeing of their family, friends, and neighbors over the next few days and to genuinely convey their appreciation for their existence by any gesture they deem appropriate, such as a phone call, hug or handshake.”
Local and national organizations like Suicide Prevention Services are on the front lines of a battle that many still refuse to discuss in public. It’s important to know that help is available. If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800.273.TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately. Crisis Text Line, Text REACH to 741741.