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National Suicide Prevention Week is Sept. 7-13

from ISCA

Sept. 7-13 is National Suicide Prevention Week. Sept. 10 is National Suicide Prevention Day. The Morgan-Scott Suicide Prevention Coalition is hosting a "Walk Out of the Darkness" Event in Winchester, Illinois, on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 8 p.m. The Walk will include a candlelight vigil in memory of those that have lost their lives to suicide. Refreshments will be provided after the event.

In addition, citizens are asked to turn on their porch lights or place a candle in their window Thursday, Sept. 10 in recognition and/or support of National Suicide Day at 8 p.m.

The official ribbon color for National Suicide Week is blue and turquoise. The ribbon can be worn all week to signify and bring awareness to the National Suicide Week campaign.

Jacksonville High School will participate in the awareness week with daily messages in regards to the warning signs, helpline information, how to handle someone who is suicidal, and how to refer someone to a professional or adult. Ribbons will be available for students and teachers to wear throughout the week. Everyone will be invited to participate in the walk in Winchester and to turn on their porch lights on Thursday evening.

The State of Illinios school code mandates that all schools have some kind of suicide prevention education program. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for the ages of 15-24. JHS will provide pocket brochures for all students provided by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline organization. The lifeline number is 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Information for local mental health counselors will also be available. more


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