GREENE CO, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Greene County officials are raising awareness on suicide prevention by declaring September as ‘Suicide Prevention Month.

On September 6th, at a meeting of the President of the Greene County Commissioners, Nathan
Abrams signed a proclamation into action. To get more information and resources to those battling mental health, Greene County Emergency Management Agency along with Erin’s Purpose and Greene County Veterans Affairs Office is forming a caring coalition to meet this need.

Suicide is on the rise in the United States. It is the second cause of death for young people and the cause of death for 44 % of veterans.

“More than 1,000 Hoosiers have died by suicide every year since 2016, with my daughter Erin being a part of that statistic. I believe that if we as a county can do something to help stop this then we absolutely should do it.” Said Terri Neighbors of Erin’s Purpose

Suicide prevention pamphlets are being distributed with information about where to go for help and the signs of somebody thinking of suicide. Copies can also be found at this link.