National Suicide Prevention Week


WHEREAS, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for Americans; and

WHEREAS, on average there are 117 suicides every day in the United States, or over 42,000 suicide deaths a year; 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 young 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, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize September 5-11, 2016, as NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.