September is Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month in Ferguson Township

Date: August 30, 2017

At its Regular Meeting on Monday, July 3, the Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors designated September as Ferguson Township Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month. The proclamation reads as follows:

WHEREAS, suicide is the tenth leading cause of all deaths in the United States; and

WHEREAS, in the United States, one person commits suicide every thirteen minutes; and

WHEREAS, nearly five million people in the United States have lost a loved one to suicide; and

WHEREAS, suicide claims the lives of over 1,894 Pennsylvanians each year, or on average one person dies by suicide every five hours in the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, in Pennsylvania, suicide is the second leading cause of death for 25 - 34 year-olds, third leading cause of death for 10 - 24 year-olds, and fourth leading cause of death for 35 - 54 year-olds; and

WHEREAS, the prejudice and discrimination associated with mental health and suicide works against suicide prevention by discouraging persons at risk from seeking lifesaving help and further traumatizes survivors of suicide; and

WHEREAS, most suicides are preventable.

NOW THEREFORE, The Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors does hereby designate the month of September 2017 to be Ferguson Township Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month and September 10, 2017 to be Ferguson Township Suicide Awareness and Prevention Day.

PROCLAIMED this 3rd day of July, 2017.

Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors,
Steve Miller, President

View Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month Proclamation

Our thanks to the Jana Marie Foundation for providing these educational resources about suicide awareness and prevention in our community:

COMING EVENTS
Mokita Dialogues, September 28: Suicide Prevention
Mokita Dialogues 2017 Calendar







Step Up for Mental Wellness, September 5








An Evening of Hope, Healing and Remembrance, September 10