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National Suicide Prevention Week 2014

Sep 4, 2014

WHAT: Suicide Prevention Week for 2014 is set for September 8th through 14th. World Suicide Prevention Day is Wednesday, September 10th.

In Monroe County, the age-adjusted suicide death rate per 100,000 residents is 7.7, which is higher than the New York State rate.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States with one suicide occurring on average every 13.3 minutes.

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among 15 to 24-year-olds.

The elderly make up 13.3 percent of the population, but comprise 16 percent of all suicides.

Approximately 987,950 Americans attempt suicide each year.

It is estimated that five million living Americans have attempted to kill themselves.

Every year in the United States, more than 19,500 men and women kill themselves with a gun; two-thirds more than the number who use a gun to kill another person.

An estimated 4.8 million Americans are survivors of suicide of a friend, family member, or loved one.

Shye Louis, 2-1-1/LIFE LINE Manager is available to discuss these facts relating to suicide and how Goodwill of the Finger Lakes’ 2-1-1/LIFE LINE program is a vital community resource in the effort to prevent suicide.

WHO: 2-1-1/LIFE LINE Manager Shye Louis is an expert in the areas of suicide assessment and intervention. She can help your audience detect early warning signs and discuss the 2-1-1/LIFE LINE service in detail.

WHEN: National Suicide Prevention Week is Monday, Sept. 8 through Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. World Suicide Prevention Day is Wednesday, September 10, 2014. The theme is “Suicide Prevention: One World Connected”.

About 2-1-1/LIFE LINE

2-1-1 /LIFE LINE, a program of Goodwill of the Finger Lakes, is a 24/7 crisis/suicide intervention program and Information & Referral (I&R) service serving Monroe, Wayne, Ontario, Livingston, Cayuga and Seneca Counties. We offer assistance and referrals for emergency food, shelter, clothing, crisis counseling, substance abuse issues, employment, financial and legal issues, physical and mental health needs, and more. If you need help, just ask! Dial 2-1-1 or 1-877-FLNY2-1-1 (1-877-356-9211), accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays, with Spanish-speaking telecounselors and telephone translation services available. Visit for more.

Media Contact:
Todd Pipitone, APR
Goodwill of the Finger Lakes PR Manager