The proclamation, issued by the governor on Wednesday evening, recognizes that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for Americans, taking an estimated 42,000 lives in the U.S. annually.
The certificate also acknowledges the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for providing “resources and support for individuals affected by suicide.”
The recognition was presented to Crystal Abbe Graham, the secretary of the Virginia chapter of AFSP. Graham’s identical twin sister, Christina, died by suicide at age 15.
“We’re humbled that Gov. McAuliffe would take the time to lend his support to the cause of suicide prevention,” Graham said. “As the governor noted in his proclamation, grassroots support is vital to continuing the battle against suicide and the loss of young lives. His proclamation will go a long way to helping us in our efforts to raise awareness that there is help out there.”
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention offers resources and support for individuals affected by suicide, including people who have contemplated or attempted suicide, or known someone who have died by suicide.
Similar proclamations were made in Waynesboro and Augusta County late last month. Staunton City Council will issue a proclamation on Thursday, September 8, at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall in Staunton.
More information on the Virginia chapter of AFSP is available online at www.afsp.org/virginia