Wednesday letters: It’s good to know signs of suicide

January 22, 2014 

— With nearly one million suicide attempts in our country yearly, the recent attempt by a local athlete is a stark reminder of the importance of learning warning signs. We never know when we may be talking with people who are at risk and overwhelmed beyond their ability to cope. If we don’t know the signs, we won’t know how to respond.

It is up to us to create a culture where it is acceptable to ask for help when you need it … a culture that responds to depression or other mental disorders as we do with heart disease, diabetes or cancer. In those cases, we are supportive, and we encourage health care without judgment.

People do heal, and lives can be saved. To learn more about how you can play a role in suicide prevention, please visit

I share this with sincere wishes for this young man’s return to good health and well-being.

Helen Pridgen

S.C. Area Director

American Foundation for

Suicide Prevention

West Columbia

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