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Tavia Smith, Published February 05 2012

Suicide takes an enormous toll

Twenty-five years ago “suicide” was just a word to me. That was before my father took his own life. Now that word has inspired action, inspired me to make suicide prevention my life’s mission.

Sadly, as the 10th leading cause of death, suicide continues to take an enormous toll on families, friends and entire communities. That is why on Thursday I will be traveling to our nation’s capital to meet with my members of Congress and urge their support of legislation furthering suicide prevention, education and research.

My involvement is part of a national movement coordinated by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention as part of their Annual Advocacy Forum. Hundreds of advocates from across the country will meet with their members of Congress that day and encourage their support for suicide prevention.

Even if you haven’t been personally affected by suicide, please take a moment to visit http://www.afsp.org/ and learn how you can get involved here in North Dakota.