Kim Rogers-Hatfield was one of a dozen people who attended an informal rally by the coalition at Citizens Plaza to kick off National Suicide Prevention Week in Anderson. She said she knew someone who had committed suicide in the county and wanted others to know how to help prevent a similar experience.
“People need to become more aware of suicide and recognize the signs,” she said.
Maier said that if awareness is increased, it will create opportunities for people to have conversations about suicide and help people to identify potential signs of suicide. She said people do not have to work in the health field to help someone who is thinking about suicide — anyone can save a life — and she wants to show them how.
In November, about 15 people will participate in the initial certification process needed to teach the QPR for Suicide Prevention program to the public. After these individuals have been certified, they will then begin to offer the free public programs in schools and locations around the county, Maier said.
“If it helps one person, it will all be worth it,” she said.
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Suicide Rates in Madison County: 2008 - 26 deaths 2009 - 24 deaths 2010 - 22 deaths 2011 - 24 deaths 2012 - 20 deaths 2013 - 7 deaths (January to April)