“This year alone, there have been 11 people on Fort Gordon who have committed suicide,” said Lindsey Meagher.
In 2018 the world has seen a high number of deaths due to suicide.
Members of The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention Aiken chapter are educating people on how they can get involved.
“We are trying to get the warning signs out there, so people will know they are not alone,” explained Meagher. “They have somewhere to go. Hopefully, we can help them before they fell like that.”
For Meagher, deaths from suicide are no stranger. She says has loved ones die from suicide.
A hard topic teacher at Aiken High School can relate too.
“It’s something I have all around me the last 20 years,” said Juliana Taylor.
Now she wants to educate her students about it.
On average, one person dies by suicide every 11 hours in South Carolina. It is the second leading cause of death for ages 15 through 34.
“When people think to talk about it will give the kids the idea to do it; that is not true,” explained Taylor. “None of the research suggests that happens.”
Instead, the English teacher says people are most likely to open up when they are asked about hurting themselves.
“Dealing with the little bit of betrayment that person may feel towards you is temporary,” said Taylor. “What you might be doing is saving their lives.”
Just like the semicolon tattoo on her wrist; Taylor wants other people to continue with their story alive.
The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention Aiken Chapter will host the “Out of the Darkness” walk on November 4th at Odell Weeks Park.
It’s open to the public and, and guest speakers are expected to be there.