Fort Kent ~ According to the national Center for Disease Control (CDC), it is estimated that a suicide attempt is made every minute, with close to one million people attempting suicide annually. Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States among adults 18-65, the second leading cause of death among teens and young adults, and individuals ages 65 and older account for sixteen percent of all suicide deaths. This is a public health issue that does not discriminate by age, gender, ethnicity, or socio-economic status. In 2011, the most recent year for which data are available, suicide deaths rose from 12.1 to 12.3 per 100,000, making suicide the tenth leading cause of death for Americans. In the state of Maine, approximately two hundred people die each year from suicide. This is a major health concern that needs our attention.
On September 6, 2014, the annual Northern Maine Out of the Darkness walk will be held in support of suicide awareness. The only walk north of Bangor begins at the Riverside Park Pavilion, in Fort Kent, with registration at 9:00 am and the start of the walk set for 10:00 am.
For more information contact Northern Maine Medical Center at 834-1353. On-line registration is also available at www.afsp.org/walk. Suicide can be prevented. In deciding to walk you are taking us a step closer to making suicide prevention a national priority. Join the movement and register to walk on September 6th.
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