Huntington Mayor Br-ooks Fetters signed a proclamation on Wednesday, Sept. 11, naming Sept. 15 through Sept. 21 as "Suicide Prevention Week."
The proclamation states, "This Mayoral Proclamation recognizes suicide as a public health problem in Indiana, and suicide prevention as Hoosiers' responsibility, and designates Sept. 15 through 21 as "Suicide Prevention Week" in Huntington, IN. This week overlaps World Suicide Prevention Day that is recognized internationally and supported by the World Health Organization.
"Suicide is one of the most tragic losses U.S. families and communities can experience, occurring at nearly twice the rate of homicide (over 34,000 per year), every 15 minutes.
"Suicide is the third leading cause of death for young Hoosiers, with one youth dying by suicide every four days in Indiana and one in six (approximately 53,000) youth seriously considering or attempting each year.
"The stigma associated with mental illness and suicide works against suicide prevention by discouraging persons at risk from receiving life-saving help and further traumatizes survivors of suicide.
"Suicide is largely preventable - all Hoosiers can help prevent suicide by becoming aware of suicide warning signs and risk factors and knowing where to get help for individuals in distress.
"The Youth Services Bureau and the Teen Suicide Prevention Task Force exist to help prevent suicides in Huntington County through raising awareness and prevention, intervention and postvention programming."
Complete caption: Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters (front) signs a proclamation on Wednesday, Sept. 11, recognizing Sept. 15 to Sept. 21 as “Suicide Prevention Week.” Gathered around him are (from left) Philip Zahm, Huntington County coroner; Ryan Beeching, Safe Place Host Home coordinator of the Youth Services Bureau of Huntington; Trace Hinesley, director of special programs at Huntington County Community School Corporation; Logan McKinzie, Crestview Middle School student; Jan Williams, executive director of the Youth Services Bureau of Huntington; and Joe McAbee, Huntington North High School.