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National Suicide Prevention Week


WHEREAS, suicide is a major public health concern; and

WHEREAS, nearly 45,000 people die by suicide each year in the United States and suicide is the 10th leading cause of death overall; and

WHEREAS, in 2016, Virginia experienced 1,166 deaths by suicide, making suicide the 11th leading cause of death in the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, suicide is complicated and tragic; there are almost always multiple contributing factors; and

WHEREAS, public awareness of the warning signs and the networks available for at-risk individuals are essential to continue lowering the rates of suicide; and

WHEREAS, organizations, such as the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention offer resources and support for individuals affected by suicide, including people who have contemplated or attempted suicide, or known someone who committed suicide; and

WHEREAS, community organizations and grass-roots support are vital to continuing the fight against suicide and the loss of lives; and

WHEREAS, reducing the stigma by discussing suicide and increasing the awareness of available resources for those suffering from suicidal thoughts is important to prevention efforts;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize September 9-15, 2018, as NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.