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.