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Recognizing the signs is half the battle in suicide prevention

Knowing the signs and feeling comfortable addressing them are ways you can help your loved ones from being a statistic when it comes to suicide. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, nearly 46,000 people committed suicide in 2020. That number could have been even worse, with an estimated 1.2 million suicide attempts documented. Door County Medical Center Senior Life Solutions Program Director Lauren Daoust says just having the conversation can help head off tragedy down the road.

Daoust also points out you can also refer people to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by dialing 988 or texting 741741 to the Crisis Text Line. Door County Medical Center’s Senior Life Solutions is participating in several different programs in September to recognize Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. It will first partner with Prevent Suicide Door County-Nathan Wilson Coalition for its annual Suicide Prevention Walk on Monday, September 12th, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Martin Park. Daoust will be one of the presenters along with Monica Nelson of Prevent Suicide Door County for QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) training on Tuesday, September 20th at 10 a.m. The training will take place at the Door County ADRC building.


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