Help to prevent suicide could be phone call away

147873 articles in the archive and more added every day

Help to prevent suicide could be phone call away

Published Wednesday, January 9, 2013   |  120 Words  |  

Your front-page article on Jan. 5 about 2012 homicide and suicide rates in Beaufort County was well written and sadly factual.

I would like to add another important message about suicide prevention, noting that the suicide rate has also become greater than the homicide rate statewide. I urge anyone who is contemplating suicide to seek help immediately. There are always trained professionals only a phone call away. The suicide hotline phone number is 1-800-273-TALK (8255). This number has saved countless lives. Suicide can be prevented.

Vanessa Riley

Hilton Head Island

Editor's note: The writer is chairman of the board of the South Carolina chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.