World observes Suicide Prevention Day

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - Suicide; it's hard to discuss. But World Suicide Prevention Day aims to raise awareness and beat the stigmas.

"Everyone in the world should be aware that suicide is an issue," said Jessica Kalathas, suicide prevention coordinator for Crisis Services of North Alabama. "Suicide affects all of us not just a few people that look a certain way or act a certain way."

Kalathas went on to explain that many people she encounters feel they have no one to talk to about their struggle, and she emphasizes the importance of being supportive and unafraid to bring it up.

"If you go to someone and ask them they're having thoughts of suicide, it's not going to put the idea in their head, its not going to make anything worse," said Kalathas. "If anything it's going to make that person feel like they can trust you."

On social media, hundreds of thousands of people are observing the cause that's usually hard to talk about.

"Having a specific day dedicated to it can help shine the light on something that doesn't get discussed as often as it should," said Kalathas.

World Suicide Prevention Day became the top trend on Twitter, with more than 350 thousand tweets of encouraging words and strong statistics, showing how serious of an issue it is, and for whom.

"Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 24, it's second only to accident," said Kalathas. "They're dying by their own hand before they even realize the finality of death."

Crisis Services of North Alabama is one of many outlets that work beyond the marked day to educate and save lives.

The entire month of September is marked for suicide awareness efforts.

There will be a suicide prevention awareness walk on September 27 at 1 pm in Big Spring Park.

You are invited to remember someone you may have lost or help support those who may be struggling.