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UPPER PENINSULA– The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention says that for every completed suicide, 25 are attempted. As Suicide Prevention Awareness Month continues, local agencies are reminding people about resources available to them.
“There is a problem,” said Mary LeDoux. “We do have an issue. Even here in out little community and the impact is great. It’s felt be everybody.”
LeDoux says people need to know that they are not alone and that there are resources available to talk to them.
“If you call here to Dial Help we’re the only crisis line in the U.P.,” said LeDoux. “If you call us there’s always somebody at the other end to talk to you. They don’t have to be afraid. They can call Dial Help and if they don’t want to call we have a text option. Some people are more comfortable with text. And you’re safe. They’re don’t share your information. We don’t talk about who you are and we don’t follow up and say you hae to call us every week. It isn’t like that. It’s as much or as little as you need.”
Whether it’s for them or someone else, another resource people can use is the National Suicide Prevention Hotline.
In addition, this Friday, Dial Help, Marquette County Health Department and NorthCare are hosting the 3rd Annual U.P. Suicide Prevention Conference at the Holiday Inn in Marquette to offer training and resources as suicide can affect anyone.
For more information on Dial Help, click here.
For more information on the upcoming conference, click here.