08 - 24 - 2012 Suicide symposium to be held next week
LEWISTOWN - Statistics show 1 million suicide attempts are made in the United States each year and every 14.2 minutes someone succeeds. Based on the latest data by the Center for Disease Control, roughly 1,631 people commit suicide a year in Pennsylvania, resulting in a 12.9 percent death-by-suicide rate. In the past three years, Juniata County has experienced nine reported suicides and Mifflin County has reported 22. To increase community awareness of suicide prevention the Juniata Valley Behavioral and Developmental Services and UCBH/Tri-County Crisis are working together to form a group dedicated to promoting community awareness as well as planning and facilitating events. The first meeting will be held at 1 pm. on Aug. 29 at the ComPASS Building at 31 S. Dorcas St. in Lewistown. Email cheryl.wertz@uhsinc.com or belinda.flasher@uhsinc.com to RSVP. There will be an Out of the Darkness Walk from 12-4 pm. on Sept. 8 in Altoona, starting at Mansion Park. Another walk will be held from 12-4 pm. on Sept. 15 at the City Island and River Front Park in Harrisburg. Walk proceeds benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to further understand and prevent suicide through research, education and advocacy as well as to reach out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide. Visit outofthedarkness.org to register for the Altoona or Harrisburg walks and learn more about the Out of the Darkness organization.