With Sept. 6-12 being observed as National Suicide Prevention Week, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms delivered a message to Atlantans over Facebook to help citizens who are battling with suicide or have lost someone to suicide.
National Suicide Prevention Week is an annual week-long campaign in the United States to inform and engage health professionals and the general public about suicide prevention and warning signs of suicide.
“Around the world, someone dies by suicide every 40 seconds. And suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States,” Bottoms said. “It can affect anyone, anywhere. If you know someone who’s lost a loved one to suicide, please take 40 seconds to ask them how they’re doing.
“If you’re struggling, take 40 seconds to start a conversation with someone you trust,” Bottoms added. “You’re not alone, Suicides are preventable. Together as one Atlanta, we can promote awareness about mental health and prevent suicide in our community.”
For more information about suicide prevention, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
The mayor also took to social media to address the revelation that US President Donald Trump downplayed the impact of COVID-19.
In a series of interviews with veteran journalist Bob Woodward, Trump revealed that he had a surprising level of detail about the threat of the virus earlier than previously known.
“Pretty amazing,” Trump told Woodward, adding that the coronavirus was maybe five times “more deadly” than the flu. “This is deadly stuff,” Trump told Woodward on Feb. 7.
Trump’s admissions were in stark contrast to his frequent public comments at the time insisting that the virus was “going to disappear” and “all work out fine.”
Bottoms tweeted, “My husband began his day with an appointment for an MRI, scheduled because nearly two months after COVID, he still awakes with debilitating headaches. This pandemic was purposely downplayed and nearly 190k lives have been lost and countless others are suffering the consequences.”