Kevin Lucey: ‘Together, we can help #StopSuicide’

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. This is a time for each of us to reach out to those around us and take steps to prevent suicide. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's theme for the month is "Together, we can help #StopSuicide."

Our son Lance Cpl. Jeffrey Michael Lucey, a USMC reservist returned from the Iraq War in 2003 struggling from the hidden wounds of War. He lost his life in 2004. It didn't have to happen if there was help and resources readily available but there wasn't. That was 17 years ago and yet it still continues.

One action I'm taking this month to help #StopSuicide is contacting my public officials and urging them to prioritize funding for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and our local crisis call centers. In July 2022, the new 988 number will be fully operational as the universal phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. This easy-to-remember three-digit number will increase access to vital mental health and suicide crisis supports.

Calls are also projected to increase substantially when the 988 number goes fully live. Now is the time to provide the funding to support our local crisis centers to meet the needs of more 988 callers.

Together, we can ensure that everyone in crisis has access to care should they need it. Together, we can help #StopSuicide.

Kevin Lucey