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Suicide Prevention Month

Suicide Prevention Month

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It's one of the saddest and most difficult subjects to tackle...

But September might be one of the best times to confront the issue of suicide.

The Governor has proclaimed September as Suicide Prevention month.

According to the Department of Health, 107 North Dakotans died by suicide last year.

Many survivors of suicide will gather together this weekend to remember those who have been lost during an "out of the darkness" walk in Bismarck.

State health department workers says suicide can be prevented-- and people are only ACTIVELY SUICIDAL for around four hours during an attempt.

If you have concerns about a loved one, you can watch for warning signs, talk to a mental health provider, or simply ask, "are you suicidal".

"I think the reason that is so important to start the conversation is because it really does save a life. Suicide is preventable, in fact most people are really unsure about living or dying, so talking about it can find a reason to stay alive." says Micki Savelkoul, Suicide Prevention Program Director, Department of Health.

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Six Out of the Darkness walks are scheduled to raise awareness on suicide prevention--and allow survivors a time to heal.

Minot and Bismarck have one scheduled for this Saturday.

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicide-- help is available by calling 1-800-273-TALK.

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