Events planned to mark suicide prevention week

Maui will participate in the National Suicide Prevention week Sept. 6 through 12 with events throughout September to shed light on the issue.

A Suicide Awareness Sign Waving event will be held beginning at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 8 in front of Kalana O Maui, the county building, in Wailuku.

On Sept. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Prevent Suicide Maui County Task Force will have a booth at the Maui County Kokua Fair on the front lawn of the county building.

Throughout the prevention week and throughout September, Baldwin High School will have announcements about suicide and signs of depression as well as informational presentations.

In the state, someone dies from suicide every two days, according to a news release.

On Maui, from January to June of this year there were 15 deaths from suicide. This is in comparison to between 23 and 27 annual number of deaths in Maui County.

There is also an increasing trend in the rate of nonfatal attempts among residents of Maui County, from 38 in 100,000 people in 2011 to 57 in 100,000 people in 2014.

Contact the following resources for help:

* National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 24/7 crisis line (800) 273-TALK (8255).

* Crisis Line of Hawaii: 24/7 crisis line (800) 753-6879.

* National Crisis Text Line: 741741 or www.crisistextline.org.

* For Teens: www.youmatter.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

* For LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning) youth, 24/7 hotline, The Trevor Lifeline 866-4-U-TREVOR (488-7386), www.thetrevorproject.com.

* Military One Source, 24/7 hotline, provided by the Department of Defense, at no cost to service members and their families, (800) 342-9647.

To volunteer or for more information, contact Jeny Bissell, chair of the Prevent Suicide Maui County Task Force and Supervisor of the Family Health Services Section of the Department of Health in Maui County, at 984-2136 or jeny.bissell@doh.hawaii.gov.