"Let's Stop Suicide" initiative launches in Lackawanna County

"Let's Stop Suicide" initiative launches in Lackawanna County

SCRANTON (WOLF) -- Several Lackawanna County leaders are banding together to launch a new initiative aimed at preventing suicide.

"Let's Stop Suicide" came out of what the Northeast Suicide Prevention initiative, Geisinger Behavioral Health initiative and the Lackawanna County DA say are alarming statistics.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, with close to 45,000 Americans dying annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

One man now involved with the initiative lost his daughter to suicide last summer. He says people need to start treating it as a public heath problem.

"We need to understand the causes and come up with ways to address it, so that the people that have the illness don't feel the stigma and the people that love them don't feel the stigma, and they can treat it like they would any other illness," said Ed Shoener with the Katie Foundation.

There are also gun locks and medication lock boxes becoming available around the county.

You can find more information on their website at http://letsstopsuicide.com/.

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