According to the CDC, about 1 in 25 Americans contemplate suicide every year. For every person who dies by suicide, nearly 25 survive their attempts. In Shasta County, about 40 people a year die by suicide.
This means many of our friends, neighbors and colleagues have thought about suicide, survived a suicide attempt or have been impacted by suicide in some way.
Yet many harmful myths surround suicide attempts, like that people who attempt are selfish or that there's no way to stop someone from completing a suicide. To fight these stigmas, we've released "Let It Out" - a mini-documentary featuring five Shasta County residents who describe their experiences with suicidal thoughts. Some of them survived suicide attempts as well. They also share what helped get them through the fire and discuss how we can help a friend who is thinking about suicide.
Watch the mini-doc above and click here to learn more.