Awareness and education is the focus of National Suicide Prevention Week in Arizona and across the United States. Lisa Brattain with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention says recognizing and treating depression are major steps toward preventing suicides. The latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show suicide rates have been on an upward trend since 1999. Brattain says depression, like other diseases, can be treated.
Brattain lost her son Kurt to suicide when he was 19-years-old, and a college freshman. She says an educational DVD set is available free to schools from her organization, called “More than Sad.” She says peers often notice signs of suicide before family members, and they need to know what to do. More information is available at morethansad.org.