NBCRightNow.com- September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. It aims to raise awareness that suicide is preventable and remember those who have been lost.
So far in 2013, at least 15 local people have died by suicide, but according to Heather Hill of the Benton Franklin Health District, it is preventable.
Among people ages 10 to 24 there were 566 suicides in the state from 2007 to 2011, more than a five percent increase from the previous 5 years.
Health professionals say people should be aware of the warning signs, like depression, talk of suicide, and recent attempts of suicide by friends or family. Also people should take any hint of someone talking about suicide seriously, they could be reaching out for help.
"It's important for the community to talk about this subject whether its family member to family member, neighbor to neighbor, or agency to the community so that we're aware that there is a problem of concern," said Hill.
Locally people can call the Crisis Response Unit or the Youth Suicide Prevention Crisis Hotline for help in dealing with thoughts of suicide.
The community can talk more on this subject on September 21, at the 5th Annual Walk about to Talk about Suicide Prevention, it starts at Outback Steakhouse in Kennewick at 10:30 a.m.