Nevada Community Center hosts RESPECT day - KOAM TV 7

Nevada Community Center hosts RESPECT day


Nearly one million people worldwide die by suicide each year....
But those who survive, are spreading the message of hope. In Nevada today, those who have struggled in the past, have now found their inner strength to come back.

"Everyday is a struggle against myself, society and the urge to use, but I'm happy to say I'm on the road to recovery. And I can now say, there's always hope." 17 year old Ashlyn Swait explains to a group of attendees.

"To deal with a lot of the pain, I used drugs and alcohol and smoked, just anything to get away from the pain."she says.

For her...waking up everyday clean and sober...without the fear of going to school and being bullied by classmates...or the pressure to self-harm....is a gift.

"I don't know what made me want to change...I mean self harm is still a battle, because of the urges and to be angry and not understand why I have to quit this but at the same time I want to." Swait says.

On world suicide prevention day... She felt strong enough to share her story, for the very first time, with a group of attendees at the community center. Nevada Police Department's Crisis Intervention Team sponsored "RESPECT day," reminding others to not be scared.

"Police officers are trained to control the situation. But sometimes controlling the situation is listening to what someone has to say." says Nevada Crisis Intervention Team Member, Brian Hansen.

The international association for suicide prevention shows that one person dies of suicide every 40 seconds.

That number is greatly lower in Nevada.

"In 2010 Nevada had 7 suicides...all terrible tragedies. That was before we implemented C-I-T. With this new program, We've almost stopped suicides in town. That doesn't mean we're going to prevent them completely. We did have one this year." says Graham Burnley of the Nevada Police Department.

3 weeks completely sober and living a happy life...Ashlyn hopes her message, along with c-i-t can make a difference in at least one life.

"There's hope if you keep fighting for what you believe in, and tell your story...you'll get through it." she says.

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