LDS Church launches ‘Preventing Suicide’ website

LDS Church launches ‘Preventing Suicide’ website

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — The LDS Church launched a new “Preventing Suicide” webpage on Thursday to provide resources for those who struggle with thoughts of suicide and give assistance to their friends and families.

Preventingsuicide.lds.org provides help and support for those who struggle with thoughts of suicide, know someone who does or have lost a loved one to suicide,” said Eric Hawkins, a spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “The site also includes help and crisis line information. Every soul is precious to God and to the church and the loss of life to suicide is heartbreaking.”

The launch of the webpage on the faith’s official website, lds.org, also signaled that senior LDS Church leaders wanted to increase education about the issue and increase healthy dialogue.

“We invite youth, young adults, parents, friends and church leaders to join with others in our communities and take action to become informed on this subject,” Hawkins said.

The release of preventingsuicide.lds.org coincided with several major awareness events designed to connect people to treatment and support services. Saturday is World Suicide Prevention Day, one day before the end of National Suicide Prevention Week. September is National Suicide Prevention Month.

Suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death in the United States and the seventh leading cause among men and boys. Worse, it is the third leading cause of death among children 10 to 14 and second among those 15 to 34.

Utah made news this year because death by suicide became the No. 1 cause of death for children 10 to 17 in the state. In fact, the number of teen deaths by suicide in Utah doubled from less than 12 per 100,000 in 2011 to 24 per 100,000 in 2014. The increase was limited to that age group. Read more at DeseretNews 

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