Cut-a-Thon Fights Suicide
PALM DESERT-- Suicide is often a stigmatized subject, but a local hair salon held a cut-a-thon to raise money for suicide prevention programs here in the desert.
Dos Salon on El Paseo teamed up with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for the event, charging just $20 for a haircut. Proceeds will help support the local chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
"I think this Valley is depressed and we need to pay attention to what is happening," said Dennis Ogas, the owner of Dos Salon.
Ogas has faced suicide in his family and he wants to do what he can to keep other from sharing the same fate.
"When suicide happens it leaves a lot of pain and discomfort in the family and there is no explanation and I think it's really important that we find the causes and the reasoning behind it," said Ogas.
According to AFSP 90 percent of suicides stem from depression.
"There's a stigma behind depression, that it's a character flaw or a weakness and the truth is it's not, it's a medical illness. I think people don't understand that and they also don't realize that there's tons of different treatment methods out there that do work," said Jessica Van Der Stad, AFSP area director.
Next Saturday, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, will be hosting a suicide prevention walk at Palm Desert Civic Park. To get involved in the walk, go to outofthedarkness.org. If you or a loved one would like to speak to someone about suicide you can call 1-800-273-TALK.