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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 1:00 am

Letters

Voters' leap of logic

Fort Wayne is a great place to live, thanks to the leadership of Mayor Tom Henry. But some folks didn't get their trash picked up on time so that is why we need to get rid of Henry because that is the most important issue we face here. Seriously?

Vince Lochbihler

Fort Wayne

Taking 5 can help save lives from suicide

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, and the Indiana Suicide Prevention Coalition is asking everyone to Take 5 to Save Lives. The campaign's goal is to encourage everyone to take five simple steps that focus on preventing the tragedy of suicide:

1. Learn the signs: Although it may not always be obvious, individuals experiencing an emotional crisis usually exhibit one or more of the warning signs of suicide. Your ability to identify the signs will better prepare you to take action and could help save a life.

2. Know how to help: You shouldn't be afraid to ask a friend whether they're having thoughts of suicide. By knowing exactly what to say and do, you'll be ready to act and keep your friends and family safe.

3. Practice self-care: Research indicates that our mental fitness or wellness is crucial to our overall long-term health, and can even protect us from disease. Learn some tips for keeping mentally fit. Make it a priority.

4. Reach out: If you or someone you know is in emotional distress, you must reach out for help. You are not alone. Learn about different help options and how to take that first step in seeking help and care.

5. Spread the word: Let's get people talking! By sharing the Take 5 campaign with five other people, you can raise awareness of the problem of suicide and equip people with easy tools to help themselves and others. Share the campaign today.

By taking five minutes to learn about suicide, you will be making a difference in the world. Visit the toolkit section of the website at take5tosavelives.org or click on the Resources tab at the Center for Behavioral Health and Family Studies at Purdue University Fort Wayne at pfw.edu/behavioral for more information. If you're interested in getting involved with suicide prevention in your community, whether it's getting trained or signing up for the Institute's biweekly newsletter, email me at jordana@pfw.edu.

Alice Jordan-Miles

Director, Behavioral Health and Family Studies Institute

Purdue Fort Wayne

Emphasis on kids' safety

The Sept. 1 Road Sage column by Dave Gong highlights the increased danger to children as they commute to school. Fort Wayne Active Transportation Coalition is amplifying the issue and providing education on walk/bike safety at 7:15 a.m. Oct. 2 at Lions Park (Carew Street and Hazlewood Avenue) to help reduce the risks. Join us!

Betsy Kachmar

Fort Wayne

Assistance appreciated

Bob Smith and family would like to thank the emergency responders and the kind people who stopped to help him on Aboite Center Road. Bob is doing well. Big thanks to everyone who assisted.

Bob Smith and family

Fort Wayne