NEWTON, NJ—The Newton Town Council declared September Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, at their regular September meeting on Monday, September 28.  Councilman Matthew Dickson read into the record a proclamation about suicide prevention awareness.

The Proclamation read as follows:

“Whereas, September is known around the United States as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and is intended to help promote awareness of suicide prevention resources available to us and out community. The simple goal is to learn hoe to help those around us and how to talk about suicide without increasing the risk of harm; and

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Whereas, suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, race, sexual orientation, income level religion or background; and

Whereas, suicide is the second leading cause of death among people aged 10-34 years of age, the fourth leading cause among people 35-54 years of age, and the eighth leading cause amount people 55 to 64 years of age; and

Whereas, we encourage all residents to take the time to inquire as to the well-being of their family, friends, and neighbors and to genuinely convey their appreciation for their existence by any gesture they deem appropriate. A simple phone call, message, or hug can go a long way towards helping someone realize that suicide is not the answer.”

The Council proclaimed September 2020 as Suicide Prevention Month and urge all residents to practice kindness and acceptance for one another.

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