In an effort to raise awareness on the issue of suicide, Panama City Mayor Greg Brudnicki read a proclamation about the importance of suicide prevention.
The reading of the proclamation opened a discussion about suicide and just how many people are affected by it in Bay County alone.
Every year the mayor reads this proclamation to remind people just how serious of an issue it is. The document declared September 10th-16th National Suicide Prevention week but because of Hurricane Irma, the physical reading of the proclamation was pushed back.
Even though only a week is declared for awareness, Mayor Brudnicki says people should watch for the signs — year round.
“Don’t be scared of it if you hear somebody talking about it, and who knows whether or not someone is serious or not, let’s not wait to find out if they are serious or not. If there’s an issue, deal with it and don’t be afraid to call and don’t be afraid to try and help somebody through this because you never know… you can save a life.” said Greg Brudnicki, Panama City Mayor.
Suicide is a very serious topic and if you or someone you know is struggling, there are ways to get help here in Bay County as well as the 24 hour National Suicide Prevention hotline 1-800-273-8255.