Montgomery County officials discuss National Suicide Prevention Week

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Monday is World Suicide Prevention Day and the week of September 10 is National Suicide Prevention Week.

The day was organized by the International Association for Suicide Prevention, and co-sponsored by the World Health Organization.

Paula Cosby with Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services joined 2 NEWS Monday with tips for how to talk with our loved ones about the topic.

Cosby says the day is meant to bring awareness to suicide and the fact that it is one of the leading causes of death in our communities.

“Unfortunately, it’s very high in the nation and it’s higher in Ohio, and Montgomery County is no exception. We really want to bring awareness to what you can do and how you can help those that are experiencing a mental health crisis,” she says.

Many do not realize that suicide is a symptom of brain illness.

“It’s no different than any other illness of the body so it must be respected and treated with care, just as any other portion of your body,” Cosby says.

Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services is dedicated to making sure individuals have the support they need when dealing with issues like these, whether you are suffering yourself or want to help someone else who is suffering.

To learn more about suicide prevention resources offered by Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services, visit their website.

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