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Support those left behind by suicide

Each day in the U.S. approximately 100 people take their own lives, leaving behind loved ones to struggle with the loss, grief and all of those questions that begin with "Why ...?"

Worldwide approximately 2,700 people take their own lives each day, leaving behind loved ones to struggle with the loss, grief and all of those questions that begin with "Why ... ?"

Too often survivors of suicide loss believe the death of their loved one is somehow shameful or that they or their family are to blame. But research shows that more than 90 percent of people who die by suicide have an underlying, although not always diagnosed, psychiatric illness at the time of their death, most often depression.

The holiday season can be particularly difficult for survivors. To help, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's International Survivors of Suicide Day will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17, in more than 300 cities around the world, including here in Bellefontaine at the Hillcrest Baptist Church, 1505 S. Main St. from noon to 3:30 p.m. The program is also available on line. For more information visit www.afsp.org.

Mary Giannola
West Liberty

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