Family and friends of people who have committed suicide remembered their loved-ones in a candle-light vigil in Reno Saturday.
The vigil was hosted by the Survivors of Suicide Loss support group. "The vigil is to support each other in our losses and remember those lives that were cut short by suicide," a news release states.
According to the CDC Web site, Western states generally have higher suicide rates than the national average. The site also states more than 30,000 Americans committed suicide in 2001.
Rosie Mann attended the vigil. She said her son, Mike, committed suicide at 34. "For some reason he felt like a failure... it's just really, really hard, it came out of the blue, there was absolutely no sign of any problem," Mann said.
Janett Massolo of the Crisis Call Center said she hopes the vigil not only helps those attending, but raises awareness about the issue in the community. Massolo said: "just become familiar with the signs of depression... and not being afraid to ask someone how they're feeling, are they feeling suicidal?"
The Crisis Call Center crisis line is (775) 784-8090, and Massolo said it is staffed 24/7.
For more information on suicide, link to the CDC.