September is National Suicide Awareness Month and the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier (MHAST) is doing its part to raise awareness. For the past several years, MHAST has co-hosted a community breakfast held on or around September 10th in recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day.

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This year, they are doing something a little bit different with an event involving sidewalk art to bring suicide awareness to the community. It's Chalk the Walk and Have the Talk going on now until September 18th.

Thanks to a local Vet Center, they are able to provide sidewalk chalk to those in need to "chalk the walk" any time during this event. You can submit photos of your art for a chance to win prizes for Most Thoughtful Message, Most Likes on Facebook, and Most Creative.

You have until September 18th to submit your entry. Go here to Chalk the Walk for suicide awareness and prevention. Did you know that suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in those ages 10 to 34?

In 2018, over 48,000 people died of suicide and there were 1.4 million attempts. It's hard to imagine what that number will be in 2020 because of the pandemic. Finally, on average, there are 132 suicides per day in the US.

If you or someone you know needs emotional support or help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. It's available 24/7 at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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