The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says suicides increased 34 percent from 1999 to 2016.
Experts in Pennsylvania hope to decrease those numbers by increasing awareness. Prevent Suicide Pennsylvania hosts events across the state, throughout the year. The organization uses the events to start conversations about suicide prevention and mental illness.
“Unfortunately, my brother died by suicide 38 years ago and I still live with that every day. We can make a difference in suicide, but hopefully, it’s being proactive instead of reactive,” said Govan Martin, chairman of Prevent Suicide Pennsylvania.
The Central Pennsylvania Benefit Music Festival is June 9, starting at 12 p.m., at 9199 Allentown Blvd.
For more information about suicide prevention and resources available in Pennsylvania, click here.