BUFFALO, NY - The CDC recently released new numbers that show the suicide rate among middle-aged New Yorkers shot up 42% in a decade. In Western New York, a small group is doing what they can to try to prevent suicide.
Three years ago, Kathy Butcher took over a pig roast and decided to make the party a fundraiser for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
. She's known a few people who committed suicide and hopes to never get that call again.
Kathy explains, "It's been so tabu over the years... You didn't talk about it. It was an embarrassment for a lot of families when they had to deal with that, and it was hush, hush. The more people talk about it... it could save somebody's life. So, why not talk about it."
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention uses donations from events like Kathy's for education and awareness programs, research, advocacy and to help survivors.
If you are in a crisis, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.
You can learn more about the risks and warning signs through the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. If you suspect someone may be at risk, experts suggest you ask questions, encourage professional help, take action and follow-up on treatment.