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Texas works on suicide prevention

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 by Tai Moses

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and Texas health officials want people to learn the warning signs of suicide. If someone talks about wanting to die, expresses feelings of hopelessness or being a burden to loved ones, says they have no reason to live, and appears to be planning suicide, that person may be at serious risk. Dr. Courtney N. Phillips, the executive commissioner of Texas Health and Human Services, said in a press release, “Suicide is a serious public health issue that affects all Texas communities, and it is preventable. We know that in Texas, younger people and veterans experience higher rates of suicide. We’re looking at how we can reach those groups with the message that Texas is here for them and there is hope.” This downloadable wallet card features the warning signs of suicide as well as resources like crisis hotlines. People in crisis and family members can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255. Find lots more info and resources on the website for the Texas Suicide Prevention initiative, a collaboration between state and local agencies, community groups, academic institutions and advocates.

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