People share personal stories during Advocacy Day to help stop suicides

Tuesday was The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s first ever Advocacy Day. (KATU Photo)

People from all over Oregon shared their personal stories Tuesday hoping it would convince lawmakers to help stop suicides.

Tuesday was The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s first ever Advocacy Day.

It gathered the people -- many of whom lost someone they loved to suicide -- so they could push for legislative change.

One woman said she was there because she lost her dad and brother to suicide and struggles with mental illness herself.

"I have attempted suicide, and I also live with a mental health condition, so I do this because I want to help people and selfishly, I do it because I need to help myself," said Sara Scofield, ambassador for AFSP.

There are multiple bills going through the Legislature right now that address mental health. One of them focuses on getting a suicide prevention and post-prevention plan in place for schools at the district level.

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