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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: September 20, 2013 12:54 PM
From: Senator Christine M. Tartaglione
To: All Senate members
Subject: Co-Sponsorship of Resolution: World Suicide Prevention Day
In the near future, I plan to introduce a resolution recognizing September 10, 2013 as World Suicide Prevention Day.

Annually, almost one million people die from suicide. That equals one death every forty seconds. Suicidal behavior has become a major public health concern and is one of the leading causes of death in the world, as well as the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. The number of people whose lives are lost each year due to suicide exceeds the number of deaths from homicide and war combined.

Around the globe, suicide remains a major preventable cause of premature death; yet, many societies are shamefully silent about the issue. For this reason, this year’s 11th anniversary theme for World Suicide Prevention Day is “Stigma: A Major Barrier for Suicide Prevention.” By recognizing the stigma surrounding suicide and encouraging open dialogue about it, more lives may be saved in the future.

Please join me in raising awareness and breaking the silence about suicide during World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, 2013.

Introduced as SR209