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11th Annual National Survivors of Suicide Day Recognized

Fairclugh Invites All Alaskans to Observe, Take Action

Thursday, November 19, 2009, Anchorage, Alaska – Rep. Anna Fairclough will attend a 90-minute telecast in Anchorage with survivors of suicide loss.

This 90-minute teleconference is just one of many that will be taking place simultaneously in over 630 locations across the United States. These conferences are an opportunity for friends and family who have survived the loss of a loved one by suicide to connect and share experiences.

"Our state enjoys a high quality of life, but an alarmingly high rate of suicide,” said Fairclough, who is a current member of the Alaska Suicide Prevention Council. “This is an opportunity to connect with and learn from those who have had the misfortune of having this tragedy change their lives forever.”

Rep. Fairclough invites those interested to join and listen to the teleconference which will take place Saturday, November 21st, 2009, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at UAA Rasmuson Hall, Room 110.

“This isn’t just about dealing with life after suicide,” added Fairclough. “This is also about prevention. For some people, they feel that life simply becomes hard to manage, for our youth it may be a separation or breakup with someone they care deeply about, and it seems like there is no way to cope with the sadness or stress. But there is hope for everyone, no matter what the situation someone may be dealing with, there is always hope.”

National Survivors of Suicide Day was created in 1999 by a U.S. Senate Resolution by Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), who lost his father to suicide. National Survivors of Suicide Day is celebrated each year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

Other Alaska communities participating in this event are Akhiok, Fairbanks, Juneau, Klawock, Sitka, and Valdez. For more information, you can visit http://www.afsp.org/

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