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SEMO Suicide Prevention

Together, We Can Save Lives

Established in 2022, Southeast Missouri Suicide Prevention, Inc. is a local non-profit organization that helps bring awareness to suicide prevention and raises funds to be utilized in our local community.

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Suicide Prevention

The Urgent Need for Suicide Prevention in Missouri

Suicide rates have been on the rise in Missouri over the past decade, with the state's suicide rate increasing by over 36% from 2008 to 2018. This is a concerning trend that underscores the urgent need for suicide prevention efforts in our state.

Suicide can have a devastating impact on individuals, families, and communities, and it's a complex issue that requires a multifaceted approach. By increasing awareness about the warning signs of suicide and providing resources and support to those who may be struggling, we can help prevent suicide and create a safer and more supportive environment for all members of our community.

Leading Cause

of death in the state of Missouri.

Leading Cause

cause of death for ages 10-34.

Leading Cause

cause of death for ages 35-54.

7 Hours

On average, in 2020, one person died by suicide every seven hours in Missouri.

About SEMO Suicide Prevention

Established in 2022, Southeast Missouri Suicide Prevention, Inc. is a local non-profit organization that helps bring awareness to suicide prevention and raises funds to be utilized in our local community.

This organization was started by people in our own community that have been affected by suicide loss. Amber & Laura co-chaired suicide awareness & fundraising events in the area with a national organization for many years. They were frustrated that they weren’t seeing the results from their hard work on a local level. Therefore, with the help of a couple more passionate souls, they decided to create their own non-profit organization that benefits the local community only.

 

Our mission is to provide awareness, support & hope to those affected by suicide in Southeast Missouri.

1,125

Missourians lost their lives to suicide in 2020. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among 10-34 year-olds and 4th among 35-44 year-olds in Missouri.*

90%

of those that died by suicide had a diagnosable mental health condition at the time of their death.

54%

of Americans have been affected by suicide in some way.

*Per the CDC’s verified data from 2020.

2022 Donations

Our board chose two local organizations to donate a portion of our funds to in 2022. $5,000 was donated to the Community Counseling Center to help cover the cost of counseling services for clients that qualify for a Hardship Services Fund.

The other organization we chose is the Southeast Behavioral Hospital. We used a portion of funds to purchase items from their “wish list” for the adolescent inpatient services department. Items included long-sleeved shirts, journals, arts/crafts materials, sports balls, & board games.

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What People Say About SEMO Suicide Prevention

“ I have participated in the Hope Walk from the beginning. This year will be the 8th year for Team Ryan, representing my nephew Ryan who died by suicide when he was just 13. I am so thankful for the therapy this brings to my life, and the community of survivors of suicide is like no other. “

Amanda Fuller

“ SEMO SP is something that is very needed in the Cape area. They provide many resources and lots of encouragement to people who have lost loved ones to suicide or have been affected by suicide. The Hope Walks is very well organized and is a gathering of friendly, supportive people. “

Patte Paschall