Idaho GOP Sen. Jom Risch is among more than 70 members of Congress and their family members taping public service announcements set for broadcast during National Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 8 to 14.
The PSAs aim to alert the public to suicide warning signs, such as losing interest in activities, insomnia and fatigue, or withdrawing from friends and family or talking about wanting to die.
A news release from the National Association of Broadcasters and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention follows:
SENATOR RISCH TAKES ON SUICIDE PREVENTION LAUNCHES NEW PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
National Suicide Prevention Week September 8th – 14th
New York, NY – September 3, 2013 – Senator Jim Risch has partnered with the National Association of Broadcasters and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to create a new public service announcement (PSA) aimed at raising awareness about depression and reducing suicide. Broadcasters are encouraged to air the public service announcements during National Suicide Prevention Week occurring this year from September 8th through 14th.
Titled “Signs”, the goal of the PSA is to inform the public about common symptoms of depression and suicide warning signs such as losing interest in activities, insomnia and fatigue, or withdrawing from friends and family or talking about wanting to die.
According to Robert Gebbia, executive director for AFSP, most people who die by suicide give some indication, but often these signs are not easy to recognize. “Increasing knowledge of depression and common warning signs can save lives,” he said.
More than 70 members of Congress and/or spouses and family members have recorded similar PSAs that are airing across the country. “We applaud Senator Risch and all the members of Congress for participating in this national educational campaign. Together, we hope to create a world without suicide,” said Gebbia.
The TV and radio PSAs are available to download at http://nab.psamedia.org.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, help is available by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255). For more information about suicide warning signs visit www.afsp.org.