Deaconess and EPD Team Up For Suicide Prevention

The two Evansville groups are working together to stop the high suicide rate in the area.

Posted: Sep 14, 2021 9:05 PM
Updated: Sep 15, 2021 8:29 AM

September is Nation Suicide Prevention Month. To commemorate the month, the Evansville Police Department unveiled a new police cruiser during a joint event with Deaconess. 

The event took place Tuesday afternoon at Deaconess Midtown Hospital.

Painted on the side of the new EPD cruiser is the phone number for the local suicide hotline. On the hood of the car sits a purple and teal ribbon for suicide prevention.

Through the first 6 months of 2021, 19 Vanderburgh Couny residents took their own lives. And in the United States, suicide rates have increased by 35 percent in the last 10 years.

Nationally, suicide is the 11th leading cause of death. For people aged 15-24, it is the leading cause of death.

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts or tendencies, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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Sure, yesterday's passing cold front and lingering rainfall made for a cooler-than average, fall-like day across the Tri-State - today on the other hand, was a bit more summer-like. The core of high pressure flowing in behind that cold front has now settled to our east and is actively pumping southerly winds, more heat and gulf humidity back into the Ohio valley. As a result, temperatures pushed back into the mid 80s for the majority of the region; the added humidity even made it feel a few degrees hotter as well. As for the rest of the evening, conditions will remain dry with temperatures gradually falling from 80° around dinnertime into the mid to low 70s by 10PM. The combination of added cloud cover overnight and those aforementioned southerly winds will help keep temperatures mild tonight - we'll only dip as low as 67° early Friday morning in the River City.
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