Statement of Solidarity to Better Observe Suicide Prevention Month

September is suicide prevention month, and grim though it may be, the disability, aging, and veterans communities are among the most likely populations to feel pressure to end their lives and, sadly, do so. In an effort to re-claim conversations about quality of life and to highlight the deficits in our nation’s current healthcare and long-term services systems that often foster feelings of desperation, we’ve written a Statement of Solidarity in Observance of Suicide Prevention Month, affirming the values of dignity, diversity, and full participation. Please review the Statement and consider signing on in solidarity as an organization and sending it out over your networks and to any chapters or affiliates you may have. To sign on, send us an email to [email protected] and note your organization’s name as you’d like it to appear, and the state in which you are located. We would prefer you send your sign-on as quickly as possible, but we will be receiving sign-ons until close of business, September 25, 2015. Please feel free to forward this to other interested individuals and organizations, as we’re hoping to generate a large list of those who stand in solidarity with the values of suicide prevention: Statement of Solidarity in Observance of Suicide Prevention Month Affirming the Importance to People with Disabilities of Access to Services, Real Choices, and Self-Determination September is suicide prevention month, and during its observance, we, the undersigned, express our sincere sorrow that any human ever experiences a level of despair or hopelessness that results in a choice to end one’s own life. The concern of the disability, military and veterans, and aging...