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Suicide Prevention Week

Published on September 12, 2013 at 12:11PM

Awareness and Education is the focus of the National Suicide Prevention Week in Utah and throughout the nation. Lisa Brattain who is with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention says that recognizing and treating depression are major steps toward preventing suicides. The latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that suicide rates have been on the upward trend since 1999. Brattain lost her son Kurt to suicide when he was only 19 as a college freshman. Brattain says that an educational DVD set is available free to schools from her organization called, “More than Sad.” She says that peers often notice signs of suicide before family members can. It that situation peers need to know what to do. Brattain also says that depression can be treated, just like other diseases can. More information is available at morethansad.org.