Suicide is all too common in our community, state and nation. Action is necessary to help reduce the devastation upon families and the lost human potential that these lives represent. Sadly, as the 10th leading cause of death across all age groups - and second among young people - suicide continues to take an enormous toll on families, friends and entire neighborhoods.
This is why I traveled to our nation's capitalrecently to meet with members of Congress and urged their support of legislation furthering suicide prevention, education and research. My involvement was part of a national movement coordinated by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) as a component of their annual Advocacy Forum.
Hundreds of volunteer advocates from across the country met with their members of Congress that day to encourage action to reduce suicide. Six of us from Pennsylvania visited the office of each senator and representative from the Keystone State.
Even if you haven't been personally affected by suicide, please take a moment to visit www.afsp.org and learn how you can get involved with advocacy efforts here in Pennsylvania.
Joseph S. Miller
Submitted by Virtual Newsroom