Mayor Geronimo Gonzales signed a proclamation on Tuesday that named September as Suicide Prevention Month in Terry County. Members of the healthcare community joined with him, and organizer Stetson Wheatley in the signing.
The proclamation states:
Whereas, Suicide Awareness month was founded by the Academy Award winning film makers of Trevor, and
Whereas, Suicidal thoughts can affect everyone no matter the age, gender or race, and
Where as, Over 44,965 Americans die by suicide every year, and
Whereas, Suicide is currently the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, and
Whereas, For every death by suicide, there are over 25 suicide attempts, and
Whereas, Our health systems, schools, and community need to comprehensively work together to ensure that suicide deaths decrease by utilizing the leading information together, and
Whereas It has been reported that having a suicide prevention center has reduced the amount of suicide rates in that area, and
Whereas, every individual that has taken their life in our community is never forgotten.
Now, therefore I, Mayor Geronimo Gonzales proclaim the month of September 2020 as Suicide Prevention and Recovery Month: “Finding Hope, Building Resiliency, Supporting Recovery.”
As a part of the Suicide Prevention Month recognition, a suicide awareness walk/run will be held on Saturday, September 19 at Coleman Park. The Walk2TalkIt Suicide Prevention Walk/Run will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 10 a.m. For more information contact Stetson Wheatley.