Town President Larry Dominick and the Cicero Board of Trustees adopted a resolution to recognize September as National Suicide Prevention Month. Leaders of suicide prevention including Joel Frieders of Yorkville and Jonny Boucher and Ike Vinopal of “Hope for the Day” accepted the resolution.
“Suicide is preventable. We are trying to get a national conversation started on the prevention of suicide and recognizing how significant a problem it has become,” Frieders said.
The resolution reads that September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness month, focused on bringing awareness to suicide prevention and the many services available to help, not only for those who consider suicide but also to those who can act as a lifeline to avoid suicide. The goal is to “speak openly about the topic of suicide to help erase the stigma surrounding it, and to direct those in need to the appropriate support services”
More than 47,000 people died by suicide in 2017, making it the 10th leading cause of death among adults in the United States, 20 percent of whom are ages 45-54 years old. Cicero’s recognition of the month is an active effort to publicly state and place the town’s support behind the professionals, educators, and volunteers who support the community to help those who contemplate suicide know they are not alone.
“We don’t talk about suicide as often as we should,” said Town President Larry Dominick. “Many of us have been affected by those who struggle with mental health conditions that can lead to suicide. We can prevent future heartache and suffering from many who not only may become victims of this tragedy but also for their families and friends.”