American Foundation of Suicide Prevention displays presentation at the Capitol

1 year 7 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, February 22 2017 Feb 22, 2017 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 8:59:00 AM CST February 22, 2017 in News
By: John Saltzman KOMU 8 News
loading

COLUMBIA – The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is hosting a State Advocacy Day on Wednesday to raise awareness for suicide prevention. Three chapters of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention represented the cause at the Capitol.

The chapters put on a presentation of education and used stories of those who committed suicide in the districts they oversee. The presentation uses facts and pamphlets to help raise the awareness that the chapters are looking for.

“The goal of tomorrow is to educate our legislators about what is coming up on their floor so that they can vote and know that suicide is going to be decreased in the state of Missouri,” said Becca Pamperl, a board member of the Mid-Missouri chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Raising awareness at State Advocacy Day starts with the presentation itself; the display will not only contain information, but it will also tell stories. AFSP said the stories are what connect people and legislators to this issue and create positive change.

Linda Fehrmann is the president of one of the three chapters represented at the Capitol, and says the human conversations are what really connect and create that positive change.

She went on to highlight conversations she’s had about how suicide affects the legislators she talks to. She said what she has learned over the years is that one lost life affects so many, and that this issue really matters to everyone.

Missouri is 17th highest nationally in number of deaths by suicide, and the work these Missouri chapters do is centered on lowering that number.

“I lost my brother Richard Lewis to suicide on November 12, 2003 and I feel like people need to change the way they think about mental illness and depression,” said Pamperl.

The chapters largely agree that there is a gap between what the perception of suicide is and what the reality is, and that is another key talking point for the organization.

“I think that people are ashamed if they do have a mental illness, they don’t want to get help. They also sometimes confide in others and those people do not know what to do when they confide in them so we just need to get people discussing suicide and how, if they see some signs, how we can get them help,” said Pamperl.

This is the second year the Missouri chapters have presented at the Capitol and the group hopes they can continue to influence policy in favor of mental health and depression leading to suicide.

More News

Grid
List
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Joanne Garone Behnke has replayed every possible scenario in her mind a hundred times. ... More >>
3 hours ago Monday, October 15 2018 Oct 15, 2018 Monday, October 15, 2018 8:44:00 PM CDT October 15, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- Columbia Public School's out-of-school suspension rates for black students is double the rate of out-of-school suspensions given to white... More >>
4 hours ago Monday, October 15 2018 Oct 15, 2018 Monday, October 15, 2018 8:06:00 PM CDT October 15, 2018 in News
(AP) - Two companies facing multiple lawsuits over a summer tourist boat accident in Missouri that killed 17 people have... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, October 15 2018 Oct 15, 2018 Monday, October 15, 2018 7:24:00 PM CDT October 15, 2018 in News
(CNN) - A federal judge has dismissed adult film star Stormy Daniels' defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump. Daniels... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, October 15 2018 Oct 15, 2018 Monday, October 15, 2018 6:57:00 PM CDT October 15, 2018 in News
MEXICO - A Mexico teenager faces 27 counts of child sexual abuse. Probable cause documents allege 17-year-old Chandler Douse... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, October 15 2018 Oct 15, 2018 Monday, October 15, 2018 6:39:00 PM CDT October 15, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council is looking into a way to decrease oil and grease storage on city streets... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, October 15 2018 Oct 15, 2018 Monday, October 15, 2018 6:35:00 PM CDT October 15, 2018 in News
FULTON - Two Columbia residents were taken into custody at a traffic stop Monday charged with the possession and distribution... More >>
7 hours ago Monday, October 15 2018 Oct 15, 2018 Monday, October 15, 2018 5:27:00 PM CDT October 15, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council is talking about building two roundabouts on Nifong Boulevard in an attempt to reduce... More >>
8 hours ago Monday, October 15 2018 Oct 15, 2018 Monday, October 15, 2018 3:35:00 PM CDT October 15, 2018 in News
(CNN) - Former Senate Intelligence Committee staff member James Wolfe pleaded guilty Monday to one count of lying to the... More >>
9 hours ago Monday, October 15 2018 Oct 15, 2018 Monday, October 15, 2018 3:31:00 PM CDT October 15, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – A walkway outside of the Royal Inn off I-70 showed signs of structural damage Monday afternoon and guests... More >>
9 hours ago Monday, October 15 2018 Oct 15, 2018 Monday, October 15, 2018 2:58:00 PM CDT October 15, 2018 in News
(CNN) - It's been five days since Hurricane Michael decimated Mexico Beach, and dozens of residents are still nowhere to... More >>
10 hours ago Monday, October 15 2018 Oct 15, 2018 Monday, October 15, 2018 2:30:00 PM CDT October 15, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on fundraising in the Missouri U.S. Senate race (all times local): 3... More >>
10 hours ago Monday, October 15 2018 Oct 15, 2018 Monday, October 15, 2018 1:52:00 PM CDT October 15, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Gov. Mike Parson kicked off what he calls "Infrastructure Week" Monday morning at the Missouri Department of Conservation... More >>
11 hours ago Monday, October 15 2018 Oct 15, 2018 Monday, October 15, 2018 1:26:00 PM CDT October 15, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- A federal judge says Missouri has violated the rights of people serving life in prison without parole for... More >>
12 hours ago Monday, October 15 2018 Oct 15, 2018 Monday, October 15, 2018 11:35:48 AM CDT October 15, 2018 in News
MONITEAU COUNTY- A man was arrested and accused of trying to run over his girlfriend and son with a truck... More >>
13 hours ago Monday, October 15 2018 Oct 15, 2018 Monday, October 15, 2018 11:28:00 AM CDT October 15, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- The Boone County Sheriff's Department is investigating a pair of armed robberies at convenience stores over the weekend. ... More >>
14 hours ago Monday, October 15 2018 Oct 15, 2018 Monday, October 15, 2018 9:54:00 AM CDT October 15, 2018 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - Callaway County deputies found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop early Sunday morning, according to... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, October 14 2018 Oct 14, 2018 Sunday, October 14, 2018 10:05:00 PM CDT October 14, 2018 in News
SLATER - Gloria is a 2-year-old pit bull who was found near Slater, Missouri after someone shot her in the... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, October 14 2018 Oct 14, 2018 Sunday, October 14, 2018 8:26:00 PM CDT October 14, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 33°
1am 35°
2am 34°
3am 34°
4am 34°