September is Suicide Prevention Month. The overall suicide rate in the U.S. has increased by 35% since 1999 and is currently the second leading cause of death in teenagers.

According to NAMI (The National Alliance on Mental Health), “Suicide Prevention Awareness Month provides a dedicated time to come together with collective passion and strength around a difficult topic. The truth is, we can all benefit from honest conversations about mental health conditions and suicide because just one conversation can change a life.”

Signs and marketing will be on display around the county to remind people that we are all in this together and we all have a part to play in prevention. The coalition is also asking that businesses and individuals put up green ribbons or decorate their storefronts for September.

In October the coalition, through funding from the Delaware County Board of Supervisors and Foundation for the Future of Delaware County, will be hosting free training for suicide prevention and promoting brain health that will be free and open to the public. An evening training will be held on Oct. 4 and a lunch training will be held on Oct. 6. More information on those will be coming soon.

Delaware County Suicide Prevention Coalition’s vision is to create a healthier community by eliminating suicides and connecting community members, especially teens, to services available to them.

Those interested in learning more or being a part of the coalition may contact Jessica Pape at 563-920-9206 or jessica@heartlandyfc.org.