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Caring For The Inner You Community Seminar To Discuss Suicide Awareness

By Staff | May 1, 2018

In our everyday world, there are difficulties wherever you go or look. Our neighbors and friends can be facing difficulties – perhaps the dog got loose, the washing machine isn’t working, the tractor is broken down.

Everyone faces adversity at some level in life – but for some people, the adversity and the difficulties can become so overwhelming that in their own minds, there is no solution to the problem – except for suicide.

Sadly enough, our rural community is not immune to this issue. In 2017, 433 Iowa residents took their own lives as a way of dealing with their personal adversity. That breaks down to an average of one Iowan taking their own life every 20 hours, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

To make our community more aware of this problem, a community meeting is planned for Tuesday, May 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Shores at Five Island in Emmetsburg. The event is being sponsored by the Zero Suicide Project Team of Palo Alto County and Northwest Iowa Care Connections.

Speakers at the event will talk about suicide awareness, along with prevention. Among the speakers will be Ryan Nesbit, of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Also speaking will be Teresa Alesch and Michelle Theesfeld, who will share personal experiences along with resources to address the various dimensions of area residents who have been affected by this life-altering action.

The problem is real, especially when suicide is the second leading cause of death for individuals aged 15-34, and the third leading cause of death for those between the ages of 10 and 14. Sadly, suicide is the ninth leading cause of death overall in the state.

A?light meal is planned for the event, and pre-registration is requested to Kim Wilson at:?kwislon@co.clay.ia.us by the end of the business day on May1.

Reaching out for help can make a difference. If you are feeling overwhelmed and in need of a caring person to talk with, or know someone who is feeling hopeless because of life circumstances and needs some support, please call the Regional Crisis Line at 844-345-4569.

Trained counselors are ready to assist you and/or those you care about.

Remember, Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.