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Letter to the editor: Are you ok?



To the editor:

When was the last time you asked someone if they were OK? A friend, neighbor, co-worker, family member, someone who seemed pretty down lately, lacking their usual demeanor? If we each did a little more asking and paying as much attention to one’s mental health as we do one’s physical ailments, we could reduce the high rate of suicide.

With more lives lost each year through suicide than the number of deaths due to homicide and war combined, prevention must be our paramount strategy. See www.iasp.info/wspd As public awareness is growing, it needs to be translated into action

  • improving policies, procedures, laws, and training for the identification and treatment of mental illness and risk for suicide.

Stigma and silence around mental illness persists.

Another year has passed since my 21 year old daughter took her life in 2010.

I continue to search for ways to help save others from experiencing such tragedy.

At a recent community fundraiser I won the silent auction bid for a commemorative U.S. flag to be raised over our nation’s capitol on a day of my choosing.

This Wednesday, September 10th, annual World Suicide Prevention Day, a flag will fly in memory and honor of my child, Susanna Gabay!

Reach out — check in with someone — save a Life!

Susan Gabay

Mosier



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