Governor Ducey Recognizes Suicide Prevention Awareness Week

News Release

September 8, 2020

PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey issued a proclamation recognizing this week, September 6 - 12, 2020, Suicide Prevention Awareness Week in Arizona to raise awareness of the issue of suicide and highlight services available for those in need. 

“Arizona is committed to combating suicide and improving access to mental health services,” said Governor Ducey. “Too many families and communities have suffered the unbearable pain of losing a loved one to suicide. Arizona is recognizing Suicide Prevention Awareness Week to highlight the programs and services available throughout the state that help save lives and support people, families and communities.” 

The Governor today also issued a proclamation supporting the President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End the National Tragedy of Suicide, a plan to empower veterans and end suicide through suicide prevention efforts, prioritized research activities, and collaboration across public and private sectors.

View the Suicide Prevention Awareness Week proclamation HERE.

View the full text below.


WHEREAS, suicide is a major public health issue that requires vigilant attention and preventative action with over 1,438 deaths by suicide recorded in Arizona, which is approximately one life lost every six hours during 2020; and

WHEREAS, each death by suicide directly impacts approximately 236 lives including, but not limited to, family members, friends, loved ones, and by extension the entire community; and

WHEREAS, according to the most recent report conducted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the second leading cause of death in ages 10-34; and

WHEREAS, no single suicide prevention effort will be sufficient or appropriate for all populations or communities; all are asked to join together and take a stand to help those who are contemplating suicide; and

WHEREAS, September 6th through 12th is recognized across the United States as National Suicide Prevention Week and provides the opportunity to educate oneself about warning signs and how best to help those most in need because it is the most preventable cause of death.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Douglas A. Ducey, Governor of the State of Arizona, do hereby proclaim September 6 - 12, 2020, as


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Arizona


DONE at the Capitol in Phoenix on this twenty-sixth day of August in the year Two Thousand and Twenty and of the Independence of the United States of America the Two Hundred and Forty-Fifth.