World Suicide Prevention Day

To the editor:

Sept. 10 was World Suicide Prevention Day.

As a volunteer with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, I encourage everyone to get involved in suicide prevention efforts whether they have been affected by suicide or not. As the surgeon general said, “Preventing suicide is everyone’s business.”

So what can you do? Learning how to recognize warning signs and risk factors such as depression, changes in behavior and increased use of drugs or alcohol are critical. Take any threats of suicide seriously. Talk about it. It is a myth that asking someone about suicide will put the “idea in their head.” Those who are worried about someone, asking them if they are thinking about suicide can save a life. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) if you or someone you know is in crisis.

Lastly, participate in the Out of the Darkness Community Walk on Sunday, Sept. 15, at Lake Como in St. Paul. The walk supports AFSP’s mission toward creating a world without suicide through funding research, education and advocacy programs. Visit to register.

If you, or someone you know, is in crisis, call 1-800-273-TALK.

Lindsey Rafnson