Prevention Week from September 4 to 10, 2005
August 12, 2005
The Samaritans, Inc.
103 Roxbury St., Suite 304 Keene, NH 03431
Suicide Prevention Week for 2005 is set for September 4 through
10. New Hampshire ranks 39th in the nation in its rate of
suicidal deaths. Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death
in the United States with one suicide occurring on average
every 17 minutes. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death
nationally among 15- to 24-year-olds but is the 2nd leading
cause of death in New Hampshire, second only to accidents.
The elderly make up 12.3% of the population, but comprise
17.5% of all suicides. Approximately 800,000 Americans attempt
suicide each year. It is estimated that five million living
Americans have attempted to kill themselves. Every year in
the United States, more than 17,000 men and women kill themselves
with a gun; two-thirds more than the number who use a gun
to kill another person. An estimated 4.47 million Americans
are survivors of the suicide of a friend, family member, or
Executive Director, Jennifer Costa of
The Samaritans, Inc. is knowledgeable in the areas of suicide
risk assessment and offers trainings to members of the community
on how to recognize the risk factors and warning signs for
suicide so that they can recognize if someone that they know
is at risk.
This year’s Suicide Prevention
Week takes place from September 4th through September 10th.
This year’s theme is “Partnerships for Change:
Advancing Suicide Prevention Services & Practice”.
Please consider joining the partnership to reduce the incidence
and impact of suicide in our state by attending one of the
Communication Saves Lives Program that are being held in the
Monadnock Region. The first program is being held from 6pm
– 7pm on September 6th at Home Healthcare, Hospice and
Community Service 312 Marlboro St. in Keene. The second program
will be held from 6pm – 7pm on September 7th at The
Family Center 44-46 Concord St (Route 202 North) in Peterborough.
These programs are free but pre-registration is required by
September 2nd. To pre-register for either of these programs,
please call The Samaritans, Inc. business offices at (603)
To arrange an interview or for
further information, please contact Jennifer Costa at (603)