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10/3/2012 6:00:00 AM
Kingman Letter: Walk helps suicide prevention

Suicide takes an enormous toll on families, friends, co-workers, schools and entire communities. By educating the public to recognize the symptoms of depression, especially in teenagers, we can help reduce suicide and save lives.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is conducting one of their Out of the Darkness Community Walks here in Kingman on Sunday, Oct. 28, to raise much-needed funds for prevention and education programs.

A portion of the funds raised will support distribution of AFSP's new educational film - "More Than Sad: Teen Depression" - to area high schools. The film will help educate both students and teachers about teen depression and getting help.

We need to do more to prevent suicide, and you can help. To get involved in the Out of the Darkness Community Walk, visit http://afsp.donordrive.com/event/kingman.

Brittany Paredes


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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Article comment by: Suicide What Price?

Physician assisted suicide is illegal in Arizona, even for the terminal ill. To ask a physician, is all it takes to get you under review or assessment. The terminally ill can go to jail and a physician can go if they agree to help.
This goes against the will of the people but as for apples and basketballs, all are punished equally in Az. You can look it up on Wikipedia.

Posted: Saturday, October 6, 2012
Article comment by: Brittany Paredes

There is a difference between a cancer patient seeking Dr assisted suicide, and a troubled teenager with depression or anger issues. We are not raising money to change any laws. We are not raising money to fight against Dr assisted suicide. We are raising money to help those who are bullied, depressed and stressed to the poit they feel there is no other option. So many teenagers in our schools get upset over a breakup or fight with parents and decide to take their lives. Some are bullied to that point.

Posted: Saturday, October 6, 2012
Article comment by: V Stokes

@Worst Plan Poor Choices
You are mixing apples and basketballs. Doctor assisted suicide for a person with a terminal medical condition is not what the letter was about. It's about a person who lost their job and can't provide for their family anymore. It's about a person who accidentally killed someone and can't get over it. It's about someone with a mental condition. It's especially about a young person who is severely depressed for some reason like bullying or for no reason at all.

Except for the extremely religious...I think most people support assisted suicide for the terminally ill...as your numbers support.

Posted: Friday, October 5, 2012
Article comment by: Worst Plan Poor Choices

This raising cash against suicide goes against the majority of voters in Arizona,
"The survey also found strong support for doctor-assisted suicide in Arizona. Sixty-two percent (62%) were in favor, 33% were opposed and only 5% had no opinion. "

That means 1 in 3 are against suicide in Arizona.
This group has the right to do or say anything and raise money, but most disagree with their viewpoint.

Posted: Friday, October 5, 2012
Article comment by: A St


Agreed. Thanks for calling him/her out

Posted: Friday, October 5, 2012
Article comment by: Worst Plan of a lot of poor Choices

tj denton
I've had too many friends that NEEDED to commit suicide with terminal Cancer. Some spoke of suicide before doing so, and I told them it was their decision. A life of nothing but pain is not worth suffering through.
I've heard the old saying about not using a permanent solution to a temporary problem, but some problems are permanent.
Have seen some people suffer til death comes knocking. Listen to Shatner's song-"You'll have Time"
I've lost far more friends in car/motorcycle accidents.

Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2012
Article comment by: Brittany Paredes

As someone who suffered from manic depression there is a difference between uncurable diseases that make you want to leave this earth to end the pain and wanting to end your life from sadness. The stress of grades, family, and peers is not permanent. Chemical imbalances can be corrected. Out of the thousands of things tax payers money goes to, helping someone overcome their pain and rise above, shouldn't be an issue. If you are in an area of wanting to end your life because you feel this pain will never end, feel free to contact me, brittanyparedes@gmail.com. Please though, if you are out to just be hurtful, be aware any threatening or harnessing emails will be brought to KPD's attention. I wish the best for you.

Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2012
Article comment by: tj denton

worst plan

you have obviously never had to bury a very good friend at the age of 18 for a split second decision that cost him his life

Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Article comment by: Worst Plan of a lot of poor Choices

People need to have the right to decide when they want to die. This forcing of continued life in our nightmare society is exactly like a cat with a mouse. Every taxpayer is paying the costs, hospital bills for uncured disease and pain that never ends. This talk of out of the darkness, and yet no one mentions into the light!

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