Experts, Families Come Together to Promote Suicide Prevention

Updated 1 year ago

A person dies of suicide every 14 minutes in the United states, but according to the Aroostook Mental Health Center, that statistic is even greater in Maine. Emergency Service Crisis Provider at AMHC, Michelle Hammond, said “Unfortunately we live in a very rural state. It’s very spread out and some people don’t get the services. They don’t know how to reach out for services.”Chip Angell knows all to well what suicide can do to a family. His 39-year-old son Chris took his own life in 2012.Angell said, “He was Maine’s best tennis player. He was the number one player in men’s open in Maine for two years in a row.”Chris battled with Paranoid Schizophrenia. His father hopes to see changes when it comes to laws regarding mental health care, something he said could have helped his son.Angell’s currently working with legislatures to change the laws when it comes a mentally ill person’s medical decisions.”He didn’t have to make the choice he did,” said the father of four. Angell and AMHC are also trying to abolish the stigma that comes with mental health.”If I said to you I have cancer, that would be ok to say. But if I said I suffer with mental illness that is a very hush hush thing in society,” said Hammond.They’re taking it one day at a time. If you’re having suicidal thoughts or need to speak with someone, call the AMHC 24/7 hotline at 1-888-568-1112.If you’d like more information on treatment, head to AMHC.org.


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