Letter to the Editor: Raising Awareness for suicide prevention

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Dear Editor,

Suicide is one of the ten leading causes of death in the United States, and it's preventable. Nine out of ten people who die by suicide have a diagnosable mental health condition, like depression, at the time of their death. Together, we can help people who struggle to seek help, improve the quality of their lives, and stop this tragic loss of life.

I volunteer with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to raise awareness and teach our communities ways all of us can help to prevent suicide. From learning the risks and warning signs of suicide, to having an honest conversation with a loved one about seeking mental health help, we are dedicated to bringing people together to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide.

I will be traveling to Washington, D.C. this month to tell my members of Congress how important this issue is to me. It is important to me because it affected me directly - As the wife, stepdaughter, and granddaughter of career Navy men, I am acutely aware of the tremendous impact suicide has had on our military. My husband alone has seen 14 suicides during his Naval career. This is unacceptable, and I firmly believe we CAN change this.

Please take five minutes right now to call your U.S. Representative and Senators at (202) 224-3121, and tell them to make mental health a national priority and to fund suicide prevention research today.

Join me in this fight to #stopsuicide. Together we can make a difference.


Leigh Ann Raab

Raceland, La.