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World Suicide Prevention Day: Mayo Clinic hosts mental health awareness art exhibit

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – Tuesday marks a serious day of awareness — World Suicide Prevention Day.

The World Health Organization reports that one person takes their own life every forty seconds. The organization is urging governments across the globe to develop plans to help people cope with stress to reduce these tragedies.

But back at home — nearly one-third of Olmsted county residents experienced a mental health condition in 2016, according to the county’s Community Health Needs Assessment.

The Mayo Clinic hosted an interactive art exhibit called “Mental Health: Mind Matters” to raise awareness.

“It tied into National Suicide Prevention Week. Suicide is a major public health crisis,” said Executive Director of the Rochester Art Center Brian Austin. “It affects a variety of people — but two populations you might not be aware of: teenagers; it’s the second leading cause of death after accidents. And men, particularly 35 to 55.”

A traditional part of this annual observance is to light a candle near a window.

If you or someone you know needs help, one call can make a difference. Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at any time by calling (800) 273-8255. You are not alone.

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