It's called "A Day In My Shoes"  The Suicide Prevention Awareness Walk  and it will be held this Saturday in New Bedford. Rev. David Lima was a guest on the morning show today and he told us about the walk and some amazing statistics about suicide in America and Massachusetts.

The Greater New Bedford Suicide Prevention Coalition was formed last year when 30 different organizations in the area decided that something had to be done after a cluster of children 15 and under had attempted suicide.

The walk will take place this Saturday morning 9/27.  People will begin gathering at 8:00 am and step off at 9:00 am.  The starting point this year is Greater New Bedford Voke Tech on Ashley Blvd. and the walk will go the length of the city to Ft. Tabor.  There will be water along the as well as transportation for those who need help getting to the end.

Rev. Lima provided us with some alarming statistics. This is the latest data to be confirmed by the CDC and it's from 2011.

  • In 2011, there were 588 suicides that occurred in Massachusetts.
  • The number of suicides was 2.9 times higher than homicides
  • Massachusetts has lower rates of suicides compared to the US.
  • 60% - Complete a suicide on their first attempt
  • 70% - Communicate their intention to commit suicide to others

Although most depressed people are not suicidal, most suicidal people are depressed. Serious depression can be manifested in obvious sadness, but often is expressed instead as a loss of pleasure or withdrawal from activities that were once enjoyable.

How to Help – If someone is willing to accept an evaluation or treatment:

Call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255). You will be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.

If someone is unwilling to accept an evaluation or treatment:

Call 911 out of the presence of the person, and consider your own personal safety. It is important not to put yourself in harm's way.

Samaritans Statewide Helpline – 1-877-870-HOPE

Samariteens Helpline – 1-800-252-TEEN