Mary Alice Reporting –

A local organizations is hoping to spread the message to prevent suicide during September.

This month is recognized as prevention month and the Tuscarawas County Alcohol, Addiction, and Mental Health is reminding residents of local resources.

Executive Director Natalie Bollon explains that mental health stigma is a major barrier that should be addressed to let those struggling know that it’s okay to seek help.

“Maybe it’s going to be counseling, maybe it’s going to be increasing your coping skills, spending time with your support system, or exercising. The early that you can identify it, the quicker you can do things that’s going to have an impact.”

America’s Health Ranking reports that, in medical and lost work cost, suicide deaths cost the nation roughly $50.8 billion in 2013.

Anyone who may know someone struggling with depression or other warning signs, is encouraged to talk with the person and let them know that they have a friend who will talk about suicide.

“There’s a lot of different reasons that individuals consider suicide. The most common one is individuals that have depression, and whenever you’re in that state, you’re not thinking rationally and clearly.”

According to AHR, suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death in the United States, with almost 45,000 taking their own life in 2016.

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