LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Almost 600 people die by suicide each year in Wisconsin and the State Health Department says it is the second leading cause of death for young people in the state. That's why one local group is raising awareness about suicide.
Tuesday at Riverside Park, The La Crosse Area Suicide Prevention Initiative held a ceremony to honor victims and survivors of suicide. People who have been affected by suicide shared their stories with the public and sang songs to honor lost loved ones. 116 chairs were set up to represent the number of people in La Crosse county from 2004 to 2012 who took their own life and the mission is to prevent tragedies like that from happening.
"What we're trying to do is bring awareness into the community of the problem of suicide and the loses we've experienced not only locally but on a regional, state, and national basis. Suicide is a epidemic in our communities and we're trying to raise awareness and hopefully in the process, prevention," says Dave Clements, a member of the Suicide Prevention Initiative Committee.
On Wednesday, the Suicide Prevention Initiative will be addressing a variety of people including school officials, health officials and law enforcement on the importance of suicide awareness and how they can help prevent suicide in La Crosse.
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