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National Suicide Prevention Week


WHEREAS, suicide is a public health concern; and

WHEREAS, 48,344 people died by suicide in 2018 in the United States and suicide is the 10th leading cause of death overall; and

WHEREAS, in 2018, 1,211 Virginia lives were lost due to suicide, making suicide the 10th 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, reducing the stigma through discussion and by increasing the awareness of available resources encourages help-seeking behaviors and helps attempt survivors and survivors of suicide loss in their personal healing; and

WHEREAS, encouraging community conversations around mental health is vital to the mission of preventing suicides and promoting wellness; and

WHEREAS, Virginia acknowledges the prevalence of suicide among our military servicewomen and men and Veterans and the Virginia Governor's Challenge to Prevent Suicide for Military Service Members, Veterans and Families focuses on a public health approach to provide outreach and support to military and veteran families where they live, work, and thrive in local communities; and

WHEREAS, Virginia’s agencies and organizations are working collaboratively to help reduce the risk of suicide across a person’s lifespan;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize September 7-13, 2020, as NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.