County commissioners and representatives from the Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention turned the lights on the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign purple today for World Suicide Prevention Day.
"We are proud to stand with our partners from the Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention to help raise awareness of this important issue and support suicide prevention efforts and programs that save lives," Commissioner Susan Brager said.
"Sadly, suicide is one of the leading causes of death in Nevada and nationally, as about 45,000 lives are lost to suicide each year in the United States," Commissioner Jim Gibson said. "We join the Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention in encouraging people to learn more about the signs that someone is in crisis and the help that is available."
"It is important that we work together to develop and support suicide prevention and intervention programs," Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick said. "These programs can teach people how to better cope with the challenges they face, and connect people in need with the mental and physical healthcare they need."
In addition to today being World Suicide Prevention Day, the month of September is Suicide Prevention Month. County Commissioners and representatives from the coalition turned on purple light bulbs installed on the world-famous "Welcome" sign during a brief ceremony today. Like the famed Las Vegas Strip, the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign is in unincorporated Clark County.