"I Am Isiah" aims to raise suicide prevention awareness

Posted at: 07/20/2013 8:49 PM

It's considered the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. Suicide affects many families in our community.

A new initiative called "I Am Isiah" hopes to raise awareness of the symptoms, signs and offer help. It's named in honor of Isiah Johnson, a 22 year-old Rochester father of two who took his life back in March.

News10NBC's Joangel Concepcion emceed the first annual Mental Health Fair at the Ryan Community Center in Rochester, sponsored by “I Am Isiah.” It brought together a host of community agencies with information and resources for children and families.

Johnson's family hopes events like this spare other families the pain they've experienced.

“The family pulled together, and as a strength to kind of motivate us to move forward and to provide healing for us, we decided to start the initiative, so that others don't have to suffer in this way and so that others can have other options to them, so that suicide and ending their life is not an option,” said organizer Toni Brinson.

To learn more about "I Am Isiah" you can call 201-2541.

Click here for the Suicide Awareness Voices of Education website.

Click here for the YouthInBC website.