Suicide's community risk

Suicide's community risk

Suicide is a problem that doesn't discriminate.

It can happen to any family at any time.

Earlier you met the David family who is struggling with the aftermath of suicide.

The family agreed to go on camera because they want people to understand there is help. No matter what happens.

"It changed my whole life, everybody's life," said Craig David.

David wears his wife's wedding ring on a chain around his neck to remind himself of the good times.

"She was my life," said David.

Alice Craig died by suicide October 22, 2012.

"They don't understand, you know, the people that they are leaving behind and how much it hurts," said David.

Alice left behind a husband and two daughters.

"It hasn't been easy. Holidays are tough especially being with my kids, I see them," said daughter Nicole David.

For the Craigs, surviving suicide meant reaching out for help.

Going to a survivor's group provided by Family Answers of Allentown.

Even now, as the days pass, and Alice's ashes sits on the shelf.

Her family struggles with sorrow, anger and guilt.

They are not alone.

"It can happen in any family. It's not, 'It will focus on a poor person or a rich person or middle class people'," said Nicole David.

It can also touch people who are trained to deal with tragedy everyday.

"A Few years back, a friend, a colleague of mine completed suicide," said Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim. "When I started going through his pockets during the examination he had a letter address to me, a suicide note explaining why. He was terminally ill."

Emergency workers are trained to seek help when the stresses of life start closing in but no matter who you are mental health experts say without help, your risk of suicide increases.

"Once in a while you see that legacy pop up it ugly head again with a sibling or a child in the family or whatever later because they may think it was good enough for him, it's good enough for me," said Berks County Coroner Dennis Hess.

The National Suicide Prevention Foundation says every 13.7 minutes someone in the United states dies by suicide.

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