More than 800 Los Angeles County residents die by suicide each year — more than the number that die by homicide, accidental drug overdose or vehicle accidents — a statistic highlighted by mental health officials Tuesday as part of Suicide Awareness Week.
In addition, an average of 11 people are hospitalized every day following suicide attempts.
The Department of Mental Health has teamed up with hip-hop radio station Power 106 to promote awareness and prevention.
The department urges anyone struggling with thoughts of suicide — or who knows a loved one in trouble — to call the prevention lifeline at (800) 273-TALK (8255) or visit http://suicidepreventinlifeline.org, which offers around-the-clock free and confidential assistance from trained counselors.
The radio campaign is aimed at Latino and black residents and public service announcements feature personal stories from survivors. Individuals also share their journeys in videos found on the department’s website.
All county residents are encouraged to learn more about recognizing the signs of suicidal tendencies and where to get help.
“Know the signs. Find the words. Reach out,” are the three key messages of California’s statewide Suicide is Preventable campaign.
More information, including a comprehensive directory of national, state and county resources, can be found at www.suicideispreventable.org.