September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Carly Carver, Editor

The Ashland Beacon



   The Greater Ashland Beacon prides itself on highlighting the positive news within our community by focusing on local community stories and human interest pieces, however, with such a platform there are times we have to take a step back and use our voice to speak on things that aren’t always “positive news” to help serve those in our community who may need us and speak for those who otherwise do not have a voice or a platform to speak on.

   The month of September recently wrapped up National Suicide Prevention Week, which runs from September 6 to September 12.

   The Greater Ashland Beacon spoke with Boyd County Coroner Mark Hammond to see what impact suicide has locally.

   Hammond gathered statistics which reflected eight suicides thus far in 2020 in Boyd County. Of the eight suicides, two were committed in January, one in February, three in March, one in June, and one in September. One of the deceased individuals were in the age range of zero to 20, two were in the age range of 50 to 59, one in the age range of 60 to 69, two in the age range of 70 to 79, and two were in the age range of 80 to 89.

   The Greater Ashland Beacon felt it was important to recognize these statistics and share local prevention programs, such as Pathways Inc. Pathways Inc. recently hosted a “Walk for Hope” at Central Park, where roughly 75 participants gathered to have a suicide prevention discussion and walked in memory of family and friends who were lost to suicide.

   Pathways Inc. has a mental health crisis hotline that individuals who are thinking of suicide or having mental health struggles can call at 606.324.1141 or 800.562.8909. Pathways Crisis Line is available 24/7.

   Every suicide intimately affects at least six other people, which creates a staggering ripple effect for those around. About two thirds of people who complete suicide are depressed at the time of their deaths and depression that is untreated, undiagnosed, or ineffectively treated is the number one cause of suicide.

   There is one suicide for every 25 attempted suicides.

   The Greater Ashland Beacon would like to take this platform to reach out to our viewers and share this information, as well as share the valuable resources that Pathways Inc. provides locally.

   You are valid. You are worthy. You are heard. Speak Up and Reach Out.