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It is open channels of communication that can dispel the darkness and despair characteristic of depression. As I embark on a new journey of educating about suicide prevention, I get to explore many facets that often go unnoticed. Suicide is a sensitive, hard topic to approach, but just offering a shoulder to cry on and simply listening can help someone immensely.

The theme of the 2017 World Suicide Prevention Day: "Take a minute, change a life" emphasises the role that each and every person can play to prevent suicide.

To learn more suicide prevention, visit https://afsp.org/ or afsp.org/canoncity.

If you are concerned about yourself or someone you care about, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7 at 800-273-8255. Spend time with them and make them feel safe, but also encourage them to seek professional help.

The Northeast Suicide Prevention Network (NESPN) held a ceremony near the shore of Ramsey Lake at the Elizabeth Street gazebo on September 10 in honour of World Suicide Prevention Day.

She used the running club to start conversations about mental health and suicide, and began using her newfound fitness to raise money for CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), which supports young men in crisis or those suffering from low mood. "I didn't realize that this many people is affected by suicide".

Cobler said there were not only people from Fremont County at the walk but also from Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Texas and Washington D.C.

"My goal now is to work with her to have the tools in place to be able to interrupt the cycle earlier as opposed to when you are sliding too deeply down the hole", Pincott said.

"It's a bad way to become a family but it's a lovely gorgeous way to see that there are people out there and that everybody does matter and we are all here to support each other and just go thru it together", said Camille Conlon-Bass, event attendee. It's important to say to them: "suicide is not a choice, but a lack of choice".

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Janet Roberts, C.A.L.L Helpline Manager says it's vital that people at risk of suicide know there is always support available.

Saturday's walk also marked the first community walk in Colorado this year.

However, she added that "every death by suicide is a tragic and devastating event that impacts on the lives of so many people". Dixon-Hackey herself once attempted suicide years ago, soon after she graduated from college.

Sadly, we all are so caught up in our own lives, that the despair and distress of others can easily be overlooked.

"Everybody knows somebody who's been impacted, but few people still want to talk about it", said Rose's friend, Annie Strite.

Army Secretary McHugh, in the news release, focused on suicide in the military community, calling it "one of the most challenging issues we face".

Ulrich said she's happy now that people are starting to openly talk about suicide, rather than avoid it because it's a taboo.

"If I was going to give you any commitment here today it's that".

  • Joanne Flowers