April Jervis shares this email with me. I thought I should pass it along:
This week the Center for Disease Control and Prevention just released 2008 data for leading causes of death for the nation (http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/leading_causes_death.html).
For 2008 there were 36,035 suicides and a suicide rate of 11.8.
Suicide ranked 10th as a cause of death, while for many years previous it had ranked 11th.
Looking at age groups it is the 3rd leading cause of death for ages 10 to 24, the 2nd leading cause for ages 25-34, and the 4th leading cause for ages 35-54. These are shocking and upsetting numbers.
(In the eighties, the elderly had top billing. We thought, Well, they're in pain, they suffer with so much physical disability. But these numbers indicate mental illness, depression specifically, is on the rise.)
You can help stop this sad trend. If you haven’t already made plans to, please join us next week for the
Out of the Darkness Chicagoland Community Walk.As you know, this event raises funds and awareness for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). There is no registration fee or minimum fundraising requirement to participate. Registration and information can be found at http://afsp.donordrive.com/event/chicagoland
Please tell a friend, family members, neighbors, colleagues, & everyone else you know about this important event.
Thank you in advance for your support and participation.
April R. Jervis, MBA, Illinois Area Director
You're welcome, April.
blee neder* Hebrew, rhymes with Gee, get her, means, no promises.