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Suicide Prevention Website

Awareness is a huge problem with suicide,a lot of people don't know how many people die from suicide and the numbers are very high," says Terri Robinson Awareness is a huge problem with suicide,a lot of people don't know how many people die from suicide and the numbers are very high," says Terri Robinson

It's being labeled a crisis... Especially for young people, suicide. And now the State of Texas is stepping in to try and help stop people from taking their own lives.

An average of 6 people kill themselves in Texas everyday. The state hopes those contemplating death, or those who have already lost loved ones will visit www.texassuicideprevention.org.

"In 2001 when I lost my brother I did a lot of reading and looking into things, and I started looking around for help to deal with it and it's hard to find," says Terri Robinson.

The State of Texas just made it a little easier for people like robinson, who still attends support groups to cope with losing her brother.

Awareness is a huge problem with suicide,a lot of people don't know how many people die from suicide and the numbers are very high," says Robinson. 

Since 2005 Amarillo police have handled more than 1,000 calls of attempted suicide. 37 of them were fatal. It remains the third leading cause of death for 15 to 24-year-olds.

"What we're concerned about is that we're seeing more lethal methods being used. So kids used to take pills. Now we're seeing higher rates of children hanging themselves," says Jeannine Von Stultz, with the Bexar County Juvenile Probation Department. 

The website has information about picking up on suicidal warning signs and who you can to turn to if you are concerned about someone. And one of the best features is... It's a private way for those thinking about death to reach out for help.

"Especially middle-aged men it's really hard for them to reach out so I think having resources on the internet would be a good idea, they could do it in the privacy of their own home," says Robinson.

Log onto www.memorytrees.org or call Chris Collins at Hillside Christian Church, (806)457-4900, in Amarillo for local support about suicide.

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