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October 5, 2013

Hundreds expected for suicide awareness event


And environmental influences heighten the risk. Among them, the foundation says, are:

▶ The incidence of highly stressful life event such as losing someone close. 

▶ Financial loss or trouble with the law. 

▶ Prolonged stress due to adversities such as unemployment, serious relationship conflict, harassment or bullying. 

▶ Exposure to another person’s suicide or to graphic or sensationalized accounts of suicide. 

▶ Access to lethal methods of suicide during a time of increased risk.

Out of the Darkness, open to all, and is a family-friendly event. 

Organizers have planned activities for children, a Remembrance Board to sign, a 50/50 drawing, raffle, music and refreshments.

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TO LEARN MORE: The Out of the Darkness Community Walk is free, though participants are encouraged to raise money via a donor drive posted online at: For more information, contact Deb Jerdo at To learn more about suicide prevention or find help, visit: You can also find help: For counseling: Clinton County Mental Health, 565-4060. Behavioral Health Services North Adult Clinic, 563-8000 (staffed around the clock). Essex County Mental Health Clinic, 873-3670; after-hour emergencies, (888) 854-3773. In northern Franklin County, around the clock, 483-3261; southern Franklin County, 891-5535. For emotional crises: The toll-free Clinton County suicide hot line number is (866) 577-3836. Out-of-county calls are accepted but other options are: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, (800) 273-TALK (8255). The Essex County Mental Health Association Hope Line, (800) 440-8074. That last number is staffed 24-7, but the phone system handles limited calls. If there's no answer, hang up and try again. Or call 911 or go to your closest emergency room. Mary Anne Cox holds a Suicide Survivors Support Group in Plattsburgh the second Wednesday of the month. Register with her ahead of time at 563-1141.

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