‘Stop Suicide’ mural raises awareness during National Suicide Prevention Week

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)-- About eight workers from UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital painted a section of the wall on 34th street to bring awareness to suicide on World Suicide Prevention Day.

The staff painted teal and purple ribbons on the wall which are the colors that represent suicide prevention and awareness week.

They also added the suicide hotline number on the wall, which is 1-800-273-TALK, for anyone looking for someone to talk to when they are in distress.

“I think it touches us all in different ways,” said Joe Munson, UF Health Shands Clinical Services Director. “We all have ways in dealing with it. It is a very personal issue and its something that we want to prevent."

Munson hopes the mural makes people more compassionate toward one another.

“When we recognize that people are suffering or hurting, we want people to ask the questions," he said. "We want people to listen to others and to ask them if they are feeling suicidal or having thoughts of suicide and then to reach out and try to help them and most of all to listen."

The UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital is located at 4101 NW 89th Blvd. in Gainesville, Fl.