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September marks Suicide Prevention Month, several Omaha non-profits show their support

OMAHA, Nebraska – The month of September has been designated as National Suicide Prevention Month.

On Saturday, members of the community gathered at Stinson Park for the yearly “Out of the Darkness Community Walk” to help spread awareness about this important cause.

There were resource tents put up by local partners such as NAMI Omaha, Boys Town National Hotline, and the Veterans Administration (VA), where they informed guests about the types of support they could provide.

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the state of Nebraska ranks 13th in the list of primary causes of death due to suicide.

However, among persons aged 10 to 34, it is the second largest cause of death in the United States.

The purpose of the event that took place on Saturday was to show other people that they are never alone.

According to Jennifer Sparrock, the Chair-Elect for the Nebraska Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, “If someone is worried about somebody, ask the question.” [Traduction] “If someone is worried about somebody, ask the question.” “A lot of the time, people feel as though I’m going to plant a concept in somebody’s mind, but study demonstrates time and time again that this is not the case. The majority of the time, we may be the only people that ask that question, and the individual who is having suicidal thoughts and is going through a difficult time is someone who can really benefit from you asking, and they will know that someone cares,”

People also participated in the “walking” aspect of today’s event, which consisted of a three-mile walk that began and ended at Stinson. The walk was organized by Stinson.

Dial 988 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at any time of day or night if you or someone you know is contemplating taking their own life.

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