Columbia City launches new suicide prevention task force

Purple and teal balloons were released Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 in Columbia City in honor of a new suicide prevention task force.

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (WANE) All this week, people across the nation are recognizing suicide prevention week. Columbia City launched a new suicide prevention task force on Thursday in hopes of putting an end to suicides. The task force’s main goal is to raise awareness about suicides and prevention.

Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel, the Bowen Center and other organizers kicked off their event with a balloon launch.

The one thing the task force wants people to know is they are not alone.

“If even just one person would reach out to them and let them know, you are not alone. There are a lot of us. You know, I’ve been a part of many support groups in the past three years. We’re not alone and you’re not alone,” Brandon Craig, task force member, said.

According to facts and figures from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (ASFP), in 2013, 41,149 suicides were reported, making it the 10th leading cause of death for Americans.

“The most important things people can do is just talk amongst themselves. Raising awareness isn’t just about me or our personal campaign here. It’s about everybody not sitting silently anymore,” Craig said.

ASFP has a national hotline anyone in need can call. That number is 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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