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National Suicide Prevention Month
September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Many of have lost family or friends to suicide or know someone who has. There has also been an increase in teen and young adult suicide nationally. I’d like to encourage everyone to consider attending an upcoming free webinar offered by the Health and Human Services Department on Current Trends in Youth Suicide Prevention. The webinar will be held Wednesday, September 20 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The webinar will provide an overview of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and the latest research on trends associate with suicide rates among 10 to 19 year-olds. Please visit Youth Suicide Prevention to register for the webinar. Awareness and prevention events are being held throughout the month. This Sunday, the Allegany County Suicide Prevention Coalition will hold its annual World Suicide Prevention Day Walk beginning at 2 p.m. at the David A. Howe Memorial Library on Main Street in Wellsville. An Out of Darkness suicide prevention walk will be held September 23 at the Northwest Arena in downtown Jamestown, N.Y., with registration beginning at 9 a.m. And the Cattaraugus County Suicide Prevention Coalition will hold a Run 4 Life 5K run/walk on September 30 at St. Bonaventure University.
National Day of Service and Remembrance
I just wanted to remind everyone that Monday, September 11, is The National Day of Service and Remembrance. It marks the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the attempted attack on the Capitol that was stopped by the heroes of Flight 93. President Bush created National Patriot Day to remember the 2,977 Americans who lost their lives on that day and to honor the actions of the brave men and women from the emergency services and the military who sacrifice to protect our homeland. Please take a moment to remember the victims and their families as well as the continuing efforts and sacrifices made by our military and law enforcement agencies to keep America safe.
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