Suicide prevention coalition meets

Itâ??s a common myth that suicide rates increase over the holidays, but suicide remains one of the leading causes of death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, suicides have been steadily increasing since 2003, accounting for more than 36,000 American deaths a year.

And the survivors of those lost through suicide often have difficulty dealing with the emotional aftermath that can last a lifetime.

Today is National Survivors of Suicide Day, and for the past three years, the Panhandle Suicide Prevention Coalition has been offering both solidarity and education to help area survivors share their burden with others who are going through the same thing.

â??Itâ??s particularly important on this day as we get ready for the holidays, because itâ??s a difficult time for people that have lost a loved one, but definitely people who have lost someone to suicide,â?? said Amy Hord, social work instructor at West Texas A&M. â??Itâ??s a unique kind of grief, and itâ??s a very difficult time, so we want to give them the tools that they need to try to make that time a little bit more bearable.â??

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