State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) is reminding the public that Sunday, September 10th is Ohio Suicide Awareness and Prevention Day.

The designation of September 10th as Ohio Suicide Awareness and Prevention Day came about as the result of legislation introduced by Rep. Anielski in the 130th General Assembly. The date corresponds with the national and worldwide suicide prevention days, meant to spread awareness about the epidemic of suicide to all corners.

“Suicide prevention is an issue that has very personal significance for me,” Anielski said. “During my time in the legislature, I have strived to help raise awareness about this 'Silent Epidemic' that has swept across our state, claiming many lives and leaving a trail of grief in its wake. Suicide is a public health issue that affects every community and can strike any family, and it is important to provide assistance to those individuals who are at risk of premature death. It gives me great hope that by designating September 10th as ‘Ohio Suicide Prevention Day,’ we can reduce the prevalence of suicide and provide help for those in need.”

Representative Anielski also introduced House Bill 440 in the 131st General Assembly, which designated the Saturday before Thanksgiving as “Ohio Survivors of Suicide Loss Day. The bill was signed into law by Governor John Kasich in December of 2016 and became effective on March 16, 2017.

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