Syracuse-area family members touched by suicide and those who’ve attempted suicide will gather Wednesday evening for a memorial to observe World Suicide Prevention Day. Organizers say the event is intended to show that resources are available to help survive a crisis, and to offer hope to those at risk. Program Coordinator for Volunteer Services at Contact Community Services Laurie Best says it’s a myth that talking about suicide will cause vulnerable people to act on it.
Perhaps the most recent and high-profile suicide was comedian and actor Robin Williams. Best says his death did more than just raise awareness about suicide and mental illness.