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Suicide prevention program can save lives

Date published: 3/30/2014

Suicide prevention program can save lives

On Sunday, March 16, Alan Rasmussen, suicide prevention specialist for Rappahannock-Rapidan Community Services in Culpeper, presented his important program at a mental health forum sponsored by the Lake of the Woods Democratic Club, held at the LOW Community Center.

As program chairperson for the Democratic Club, I want to thank my friend and partner in mental health education, Debbie Griffith, for helping make the program possible.

Thanks also to my dear friend Culpeper attorney and former Virginia Del. Butch Davies, as well as Lee Frame, Orange County supervisor, and Mark Amos, Orange County sheriff, for attending. Their presence testifies to their caring and their support for those who suffer from mental illness.

Finally, I want to express my deep appreciation to Alan Rasmussen for his passion for mental health education and suicide prevention and for sharing that passion with all who attend his suicide prevention training.

Please be aware that a person dies by suicide every 15 minutes. In situations of immediate danger from suicide, call 911. If you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide, call 1-800/SUICIDE. Get involved with suicide prevention in Virginia by visiting prevent suicideva.org.

Pat Ivey