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Episode 3 - Suicide Prevention Awareness with Janet Shedd

By Ron Gray

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in America. It’s the 2nd leading cause of death among teenagers and young adults ages 15-34. 46,000 Americans died by suicide in 2016. Over the past 2 decades suicide has increased by 30% in half the United States. In KY, it increased by 37% in 2016. Suicide is a major health crisis in our country. In episode 4 I had the honor to sit down with my new friend and suicide loss survivor, Janet Shedd. She lost her youngest son to suicide in 2015. His name was Tom & was 18 years old. Janet courageously shares the story of Tom, his struggle with depression, and how important it is to talk about mental health and suicide risks. September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. This is an opportunity to talk with your family & friends about how difficult life can be and the risk factors associated with suicide, including depression. There’s a stigma around these discussions, but the risks drop when we talk about it. If you are struggling and need to connect with someone, please ask for help. If you see someone struggling, ask if you can help them. Anyone can call the Suicide Prevention Hotline @ 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or text 741741 24/7.

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