Yellow flags at Utica City Hall part of suicide awareness

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - In the United States, one person dies from suicide every 14 seconds.

That's 101 people a day -- and that's what 101 yellow flags planted outside City Hall in Utica represent. Members of the Center for Family Life and Recovery and the Oneida County Suicide Prevention Coalition are creating the display for Mental Health Awareness Month and to help reduce the stigma that surrounds suicide.

The groups say talking about suicide is more important now than ever.

"Every day, we're hearing more about individuals trying to attempt suicide or completing suicide," said Samantha Madderon of the Oneida County Suicide Prevention Coalition. "The statistics have been increasing, so it's something we want to put out there, and let them know it's OK to talk about. If you know someone contemplating suicide, or you yourself, don't be afraid to reach out for help. There's many resources out there."

There are a lot of resources out there, including the Suicide Prevention Hotline, at 315-732-6228.

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