For Immediate Release
Contact: Chris Ciarlo
Reno, Nev. Jan. 7, 2019. The Washoe County Human Services Agency (HSA), Washoe County Health District (WCHD) and SafeVoice Nevada have produced two public service announcements addressing high suicide rates among Nevada’s youth. The public service announcements are currently airing at Galaxy Theatres in Sparks.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among Nevada youth between ages 10-24, according to Nevada’s Office of Suicide Prevention.
The public service announcements were written and filmed from the perspective of an adult who is watching family videos of amazing moments in life that he or she would not have experienced if they had decided to commit suicide. The goal is to provide awareness about the free resources available if someone has suicidal thoughts.
Nearly one in five high school teenagers considers suicide, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
“That statistic tells us that you more than likely have a friend, relative or someone you know who has contemplated suicide,” said HSA Children’s Services Division Director Ryan Gustafson. “We want to educate the community about the ways suicide impacts us all one way or another, but there are several resources available to get help.”
- Threatening to hurt or kill him or herself.
- Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide.
- Feeling trapped.
- No reason for living; no sense of purpose in life.
- Withdrawal from friends, family and society.
- Dramatic mood changes.
Call for help at 833-216-SAFE. Download the SafeVoice App.
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