September is Suicide Prevention Month
Pat Sweeney | Sep 11, 2017 AT 3:40 pm
Hundreds came to Lincoln Park Sunday for the seventh annual TEARS Walk for Suicide Prevention. (Together We Educate About the Realities of Suicide.)
The Grand Forks walk is designed to raise funds for suicide prevention resources, and remember friends and loved ones who have died by suicide.
Ashley Falk of the North Dakota chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention says one of the biggest factors leading to suicide among young people is bullying.
"I know that it's affecting our younger ages," Falk said, :because a lot of times, bullying and suicide go hand in hand, and it's terrible., but it is affecting our youth."
Governor Doug Burgum has declared that September is Suicide Prevention Month in North Dakota.
In his proclamation, Burgum says that one person dies by suicide every 11-point-9 minutes in the U-S, and that suicide is the second-leading cause of death among people age 15-to-24.
The state health department says there were 134 reported suicides in North Dakota in 2016.