Family Shares Story During Suicide Prevention Week

10:45 PM, Sep 10, 2011   |    comments
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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- This week marks Suicide Prevention Week. Recently there have been several high-profile cases in the news of people taking their own lives. But there is help available.

Every 15 minutes, someone commits suicide in this country. The suicide rate is up nationwide, and on Friday, the military went before Congress to discuss suicides in our armed forces.

The family of Ray Reyeski knows of the struggle all too well. Ray was only 23 years old when he took his own life.

Although he had been dealing with depression, his family never thought his life was in danger.

Since that tragic event, Ray's sister has become an activist and wants to inform others of the warning signs.

Next weekend, she and dozens of others will be part of the "Remember RayRay" team at the "Out of the Darkness" community walk at Delaware Park. It raises money for groups that help with suicide prevention.

The walk is September 17 at 10:30 a.m. at Delaware Park near the Buffalo Zoo.

Danielle Rayeski said, "You learn to live with it, but it's not something you're going to get over. There's pictures of him all over the house, everything you do you want him with you. Any big event, you wish that he could be there for it and you wonder where he would have been in his life."

It's been almost 2 years since Ray committed suicide, and Danielle has made it her mission to increase awareness about mental health and depression.

If you or someone you know is in crisis there are places to turn to for help. Listed below are just some of the resources available:

-Crisis Services-834-3131

-American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

-Behavioral Health Department at Buffalo General Hospital-859-4734



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