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Flag of Hope to be raised in Buffalo for World Suicide Prevention Day

Flag of Hope to be raised in Buffalo for World Suicide Prevention Day
Posted at 3:32 AM, Sep 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-11 14:08:59-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — On Thursday, the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Erie County and Crisis Services will raise a Flag of Hope at the Rath Building in downtown Buffalo in recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day.

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and every year suicide is one of the top 20 causes of death globally.

“We can raise awareness about the issue, educate ourselves and others about the causes of suicide and warning signs for suicide, show compassion and care for those who are in distress in our community, question the stigma associated with suicide, suicidal behavior and mental health problems and share our own experiences”, said Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Chief Medical Officer for BryLin Behavioral Health System, who are a member of the Coalition.

The raising of the Flag of Hope will begin at 10 a.m. and you can watch it live on the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Erie County on Crisis Services Facebook page.

If you or someone you know is in need of help, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or Crisis Services at (716) 834-3131.