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Letters to the editor: Suicide prevention effort benefits from fund raising walk

6:36 PM, Aug. 2, 2013  |  Comments

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Community for Hope, I would like to thank the third annual Oshkosh Walk for Suicide Awareness for their generous gift of $9,000, raised at the walk this past April. Close to 700 people attended the walk to support community efforts throughout Winnebago County to prevent suicide and offer support and compassion for those who have lost loved ones to suicide.

Every 15 minutes someone dies by suicide in the United States. The number of suicides nationally - over 38,000 yearly - now surpasses deaths by automobile crashes. The fastest growing demographic who die by suicide is middle-aged men, who often use the most lethal method: firearms. Locally, Winnebago County had 32 suicides in 2012 and is on a similar pace this year.

Community for Hope is a non-profit agency that works with other non-profits, county agencies, local school districts and concerned citizens to promote best-practice methods of preventing suicide throughout Winnebago County. One such method is QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer), which is an intervention technique used to help someone struggling with suicidal thoughts.

Other activities of Community for Hope include providing professionally-designed folders for school-age children and adolescents throughout Winnebago County, awareness presentations about suicide to civic organizations, clubs, and churches, as well as grief support groups for teens and adults led by those who have also lost someone they know or love to suicide.

If Community of Hope can be of any help to you, your family, your business or organization, please do not hesitate to contact us: (920) 230-4840 (non-urgent message line only). Also, please visit our website: www.communityforhope.org. Here you will find excellent resources throughout the site, including those for parents of school-age children.

Where there is help, there is hope!

Doug Bisbee

Executive Director

Oshkosh

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