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Take 5 to Save Lives in Illinois

September 10, 2010

CHICAGO - "Take Five to Save Lives." That's the message being delivered around the globe today for World Suicide Prevention Day. The National Council for Suicide Prevention has partnered with groups in Illinois focused on raising awareness and providing folks with five simple steps to help prevent suicide - with the idea that it only takes five minutes.

Dr. Dan Reidenberg of the Council says step number one is to learn the signs: "Somebody talking about suicide, writing about suicide, looking for information on the Internet about it; people expressing the feeling of hopelessness, like there's no future for them; somebody who has changes in their substance abuse pattern - on top of mental illness."

Stigma still surrounds depression and other forms of mental illness, Reidenberg notes, and many people feel that they are intruding on others by offering to help.

"It is much, much better to ask the question than go to a funeral, and it really is quite that basic. We need to help them because if they weren't struggling with these illnesses, they wouldn't be thinking like that. You can actually be - anybody can be - a life support for somebody."

The issue of suicide stretches across ethnic, education and socio-economic lines, Reidenberg adds, and it is important to reach out to others - and to seek help if you, or someone you know, needs it. He says the best number to call for help is 1-800-273- TALK (8255).

More information about the five steps can be found at www.take5tosavelives.org.

Mary Anne Meyers, Public News Service - IL