Monday is World Suicide Prevention Day
Mon, 10 Sep 2012 14:31:21 GMT —
One counseling center is looking to increase awareness on how to prevent suicide this week, as Monday marks World Suicide Prevention Day.
Six people in South Carolina commit suicide every five days,according to the Coastal Samaritan Counseling Center.
This October will make it 13 years since Dawne Dunton found her fiance, after he committed suicide by hanging himself.
"Because of how I found him. It's burned into the front of my brain. It's hard," Dunton said.
She relocated to Myrtle Beach in 2008.
"That morning we were talking about what we were going to do for our honeymoon. They hide it very well, he hid it very well," she says. "There are a lot of people out there who will call people who commit suicide cowards, but it's those around who don't help them who are cowards."
In 2008, 36,035 people died nationwide as a result of suicide. In South Carolina, 111 adults had serious thoughts of suicide, 45 made a suicide plan, and 12 attempted suicides, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
If you are in crisis, call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433). For more information, click here.
Or you can call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) For more information, click here.
Here are some helpful links and numbers for more information about suicide:
We had a number of you share powerful stories of suicide on our facebook page.
For information about suicide prevention, education, and research, click here for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
For information on resources for suicide prevention or to set up a Jason Foundation Training for your organization, call the Jason Foundation locally at 843-234-6139 or toll-free at 1-877-778-2275.
For a look at the Faces of Suicide, a memorial site to people around the world who have died by suicide, click here.
Survivors of Suicide is a local support group for people who've lost loved ones to suicide. They meet the first Wednesday of each month from 6pm - 8pm in The Meeting Place room (near the food court) at Inlet Square Mall in Murrells Inlet. For more information, call Pat Dorfer at (843) 357-6848 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. For suicide support groups in other locations in South Carolina, click here.
Coastal Samaritan Counseling Center's trainings are:
7 p.m. Wednesday, First United Methodist Church, 901 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach
11 a.m. Thursday, St. Paul's Waccamaw United Methodist Church, 180 St. Paul's Place, Pawleys Island
3 p.m. Thursday, St. Paul Episcopal Church, 710 Main St., Conway