The federal government is stepping up its efforts on awareness and education about suicide, and in our area that's no different.
The South Plains Suicide Prevention Coalition had a seminar last week and will have an awareness walk this weekend.
Coalition co-founder Jeremy Hardy said Lubbock County in 2011 had 50 suicide deaths, and this year we are expected to pass that number.
As of May, the number for Lubbock County is 25 suicide deaths.
"It has been on the increase every year. This has been an issue in our area, and especially depending what culture you are talking about," Hardy said. We just don't like to talk about it out here. There is such an intense stigma with mental health here."
Hardy also said Texas has a lot of catching up to do regarding suicide awareness.
The "Out of the Darkness Walk" will happen Saturday, September 15th at Mackenzie Park from 10am-to-1pm.
The money raised will go to national awareness and education. You can register here or on Saturday.
If you would like to join the coalition its next meeting is October 11th at the Covenant Knipling Center.
You can contact info@contactLubbock.org.