Mom: Let’s Prevent 10th Leading Cause of Death

Mom: Let’s Prevent 10th Leading Cause of Death

To the Editor:
We must take action to prevent suicide. I lost my 21 year old son to suicide in 2008. It has taken me some time, but today I am dedicated to making suicide prevention my life’s mission.

Sadly, as the 10th leading cause of death (with Idaho as the 6 highest in the nation) suicide continues to take an enormous toll on families, friends and entire communities. We must do more.

The 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. ,suicide continues to take an enormous toll on families, friends and entire communities. We must do more.

That is why last Thursday, I traveled to our nation’s capital to meet with members of Congress and urged their support of legislation furthering suicide prevention, education and research. My involvement was part of a national movement coordinated by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) as part of their Annual Advocacy Forum. Hundreds of volunteer advocates from across the country met with their members of Congress that day to encourage action to reduce suicide.

Even if you haven’t been personally affected by suicide, please take a moment to visit www.afsp.org and learn how you can get involved here in Idaho.

Sincerely,

Rubie G.
Meridian, Idaho

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