Arcata’s Suicide Prevention Week Will Be September 10-16
This is a press release from Arcata City Council:
ARCATA, CALIFORNIA – (August 2, 2017) – On Wednesday, August 2, the City Council of the City of Arcata proclaimed September 10 to 16, 2017 as Suicide Prevention Week in Arcata. This designation asserts that the stigma associated with mental health conditions and suicidality works against suicide prevention by discouraging at-risk persons from seeking life-saving help and further traumatizes survivors of suicide loss. In 2014, Humboldt County experienced 214 suicide attempts and 36 suicide deaths.
“On behalf of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and all of our committee members and volunteers local to the area, thank you for recognizing suicide as a preventable national and state health problem and declaring suicide prevention to be a priority in Arcata,” said Heather Freitas, AFSP Greater San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Board Member.
Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, yet suicide is preventable. This year’s Suicide Prevention Week will kick off with the annual Arcata Out of the Darkness Community Walk on World Suicide Prevention Day. The walk is hosted by the Greater San Francisco Bay Area Chapter on September 10, 2017 and begins at 10am at the Arcata Plaza. This event supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s local and national education and advocacy programs and its bold goal to reduce the annual rate of suicide 20 percent by 2025.
Speakers at the Arcata Out of the Darkness Walk will include local mental health advocates and suicide loss survivors.For more information on the walk, go to: afsp.org/arcata
Local sponsors for the Arcata Out of the Darkness Walk include Aalfs, Evans & Company, Accurate Productions, Ace Hardware McKinleyville, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Redwood Realty, Carpet Depot, Coast Central Credit Union, CVS Pharmacy, Danco Group, Edward Jones Investments, HealthSPORT, Humboldt Land Title Company, Humboldt Property Management, Kinetic Koffee, L&M Renner, Mad River Gardens, McCrea Motors, Nancy Noll, Pauli-Harbour & Anderson, Robinson Starkey Insurance, Redwood Capital Bank, Renner Petroleum, and RE/MAX Humboldt.