Senator Harry Reid released a passionate statement about his father who committed suicide in 1972 to kick off National Suicide Prevention Week.
This week is the 35th Annual National Suicide Prevention Week in the United States, as well as a global agenda on the Science of Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery of those who try or contemplate suicide. The week started on the 6th and ends on the 12th.
World Suicide Prevention Day is September 10.
The American Association of Suicidology has a website that completely covers every aspect from education and training, research, help, suicide loss survivors, suicide attempt survivors, statistics and tools, and a section called ‘Thinking About Suicide?’
Nevada’s suicide rate is the second highest in the nation and double the national average. It is the sixth leading cause of death for Nevadans, killing more Nevadans every year than homicide, HIV/AIDS or automobile accidents.
Senator Harry Reid released this statement on the Senate website: “Even today, I can still vividly recall the moment in 1972 when I received the tragic news that my father had taken his own life. Over the years that followed my father’s death, my family didn’t talk about his suicide. We were left alone and carried this experience in a very private way.
“It wasn't until twenty-four years later that I spoke publicly for the first time about my father’s suicide. Shortly thereafter, my office was inundated with calls and letters from people around the country who had also lost a loved one to suicide. I quickly learned that suicide is a national problem, and one that is particularly severe in Nevada.
“No one should have to personally experience the tragedy of suicide to realize that it is not ‘something that happens only to other people.’ With that in mind, I have worked to raise awareness about suicide prevention and to champion measures that will help to reduce the rate of suicide in our nation. I am proud of the advances we have made over last decade, including the adoption of a ‘National Strategy for Suicide Prevention’, the enactment of legislation to address the problem of youth suicide, legislation that would lower the Medicare coinsurance for outpatient mental health, as well as mental health parity legislation. "
If you know someone that you think is considering suicide reach out and help, make a difference, make a choice, save a life.