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Suicide Prevention Week in Erie County

This week is Suicide Prevention Week in Erie County.

ERIE COUNTY, NY - Preventing suicides was the focus of local leaders Tuesday.

They got together with the motorcycle club "Women on Wheels," to raise the yellow flag of hope at the Rath Building to start off Suicide Prevention Week in Erie County.

They say it's something that affects more people than you think - almost one in ten people know someone who's died from suicide in just the last year, according to the Center for Disease Control.

Crisis services says its hotline gets an average of 480 calls a month.

"When we say we have increases in calls, people tend to be in despair about that. But actually, we see it as a positive," says Jessica Pirro CEO of Crisis Services. "We see that people are reaching out before they make the decision to end their lives. They're reaching out because that pain [...] they want it to stop, but they see that there's hope in living."

If you are thinking about suicide or know someone who might be, crisis services has people ready to listen 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 716-834-3131.