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Saturday, April 4, 2009

April: Help to prevent suicide

Our April Feature

We have touched on suicide on several books at rgz, so our fantastic postergirl Jackie made this document for us. I thought to share it again as each of Ellen's characters has been hospitalized for attempted suicide.

If you or your friend is contemplating this act, GET HELP NOW. Each individual matters to our world.

readergirlz, rgz, Lorie Ann Grover

Suicide is the third most common way for young people ages 10-24 to die. More worrisome is that for every suicide death among young people ages 15-24 there are 100-200 failed attempts. In 2005, 16.9% of U.S. high school students revealed that they had thoughts of attempting suicide in the preceding 12 months.*

Suicide is serious, but it is preventable. If you are thinking about suicide or someone you know is exhibiting signs that they might make an attempt on their own life, please use the resources below. All calls are confidential.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline




Call this 24-hour hotline for any kind of emotional distress ranging from suicide and mental illness to homelessness, loneliness and family problems. They’ll listen, and refer you to resources in your area.

National Hopeline Network




This 24-hour hotline will seamlessly and immediately connect you to the crisis center closest to the place you are calling from.

The Trevor Helpline




A 24-hour suicide prevention helpline focused on helping gay or questioning youth, but anyone is welcome to call.

Read more about suicide, warning signs, and general mental health issues:





* http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/dvp/Suicide/default.htm


Unknown said...

Thanks for posting this. You could save a life:)

Lorie Ann Grover said...

Thank you, Bridget!

Everyone might save a life.

Alex said...

amazing although those statistics sadden me

kalea_kane said...

Such statistics break my heart. I am so glad you are offering some outreaches!

Melissa Walker said...

Thanks for posting, LA!

holly cupala said...

Lorie Ann and Jackie, thank you for posting this.

Dia Calhoun said...

Thank you for this!

Unknown said...

All schools in New Jersey require staff to participate in a 2 hour suicide prevention training. Despite complaints about our already packed schedules, everyone agreed it is worthwhile. I will forward your info to school administration.

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