Groups Focus on Suicide Prevention
COLUMBIA - Suicide prevention workers said Friday that those in need of help should be aware that serviced exist to provide that assistance. September is National Suicide Prevention Month and organizations in the area are encouraging people to get involved and stop suicides.
The Missouri Department of Mental Health and the MU Counseling center are two organizations working to decrease the number of suicides throughout Missouri.
David Wallace is the director of the MU Counseling Center and encourages anyone dealing with stress and contemplating suicide should seek help through the center or an emergency room immediately.
Wallace said, "We are here to help both the people thinking about committing suicide as well as those people's friends to offer them support and help them gain courage to talk their loved ones out of making such a horrible decision."
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Missouri ranks 20th out of the 50 states in the highest percentage of suicides with 13.7 occurrences per 100,000 people.