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Sept. 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day

8-WORLD-SUICIDE-PREVENTION-DAY-GALLERY1 8Every year, over 800,000 people die from suicide; this roughly corresponds to one death every 40 seconds. The number of lives lost each year through suicide exceeds the number of deaths due to homicide and war combined.

The International Association for Suicide prevention, will recognize World Suicide Prevention Day on Sept. 10. This year’s theme is “Suicide Prevention: One World Connected.”

The theme reflects the fact that connections are important at several levels if we are to combat suicide and bring together individuals and organizations with an interest in suicide prevention, and mobilize efforts to save lives.

This year’s effort is especially important in light of the death of Robin Williams and the conversations around depression and suicide that is has generated.  

As part of Monarch’s ongoing commitment to education and awareness, the organization encourages the community to support people they know who are among the more than 61 million Americans who experience mental illness in a given year – and persuade them to seek help.

For more information, and to learn about suicide warning signs, click here.

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