DULUTH, MN -- Northern Minnesota Crisis officials said Thursday suicide remains a top public health concern in Minnesota.
"Suicide is the eighth leading cause of death in Minnesota and tenth nationally," said North East Minnesota Suicide Prevention Coordinator Ali Randall.
The coronavirus pandemic could be pushing emotions higher than ever before.
"I think the pandemic is shedding a good light on the importance of mental professionals in our community and the importance of suicide prevention," said Randall.
Randall adds everyone can play a role in suicide prevention, "Whether you’re a coach or a supervisor at your employment no matter where you are everyone plays a role in that."
Randall said anyone is at risk for suicide and there are warning signs one can look out for."It’s different for everyone but maybe someone is talking about wanting to die, talking about feeling hopeless or no purpose."
Asking the person if they’re thinking about suicide or have thought about it is also key.
"It can be scary at first but we want to make sure we ask the question. Remember asking the question will never do any harm it’s only going to help," said Randall.
After that, it’s time to listen to them and finally get help.
"Suicide is preventable, recovery is possible and help is available," said Randall.
With September being Suicide Prevention Month, Randall adds there are other ways you can help."You can attend a suicide prevention series through the MN Dept of Health, you can take training on this stuff, learn the warning signs."
This Saturday there is an "Out of the Darkness" virtual walk happening to raise awareness of suicide prevention.
Coordinators are asking participants to walk around their neighborhoods.
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