EDINBURG, Texas – Each year, more than 41,000 individuals die by suicide, leaving behind friends and family members to navigate the tragedy of loss. Hidalgo County Commissioners Court unanimously approved a proclamation emphasizing the importance of mindfulness and declared September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Suicidal thoughts, much like other mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, or background.
Precinct 1 Accounts Payable Supervisor Yolanda Estrada-Peralez started the Say Yes to Life campaign with her husband, following the death of their 17-year-old son Andrew on December 15, 2015.
“I have found hope; that is why I host the Say Yes to Life events,” said Peralez. “My purpose is to help others get the help they need and to stop the stigma of mental illness and suicide.”
The National Hotline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Everyone is encouraged to save this number and use it when you, a friend, or loved one is experiencing a crisis so that lives can be saved.
The third annual Hidalgo County Suicide Prevention Event will be held at 7:00 p.m. on August 31, at North San Juan Park, at 509 East Earling Road in San Juan.