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Suicide prevention signs placed around Allen County

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The signs are to bring awareness to suicide prevention by posting numbers that can be called if someone is thinking of taking their life. The signs are to bring awareness to suicide prevention by posting numbers that can be called if someone is thinking of taking their life.
The signs provide numbers to both text or call the hope line and the veterans crisis number. The signs provide numbers to both text or call the hope line and the veterans crisis number.

"It's a start." That coming from the Partnership for Violence Free Families about a new attempt to assist those in need of help.

Monday, the group along with several other organizations unveiled one of 12 new signs that are being placed around Allen County. The signs are to bring awareness to suicide prevention by posting numbers that can be called if someone is thinking of taking their life. They are being placed at the City of Lima's 5 reservoirs and Cook Park. The Partnership for Violence Free Families leadership says these are places that are quiet and isolated where individuals can go to think alone, which may not be the best thing for them.

"Especially those that are struggling with emotional issues have a little too much time thinking about this and if their suicide ideation we want to make sure that people have the resources where they can talk to someone right now," explained Donna Dickman, Partnership for Violence Free Families.

Rhonda Morris is appreciative that these signs are going up. It was 15 weeks ago that her son Bret, an army veteran, was at Bresler Reservoir when he took his own life. She hopes these signs will help others that may be contemplating suicide but will never know if it would have helped her son.

"He never had signs of being that depressed, he never had any suicidal ideation that he ever discussed. With me being a yard nurse that is trained to see crisis and mental health crisis in people and my daughter who also works in mental health, neither one of us seen any signs of this," said Rhonda Morris.

"As an Allen County veteran, I want to thank PVFF and the City of Lima for allowing these signs to be placed and spread the awareness of how important it is," said Monica Patton, ONG Chief Warrant Officer 3.

The signs provide numbers to both text or call the Hope Line and the Veterans Crisis number. There will be a live person on the other end of that call to talk with you.

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