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The month of September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. I am grateful for the continued public awareness and open discussions about this very serious topic. In a recent Impact Survey led by the TAA, an alarming 51% of adults and 32% of parents of children with TS reported to have considered suicide or participated in self-harming behaviors. In light of this, there are a number of helpful organizations (AFSP, NIMH, NAMI) and resources to support you and your loved ones, including Chapters and Support Groups across the country. Please know that if you need help, there is always someone to call. A Support Group Leader from the TAA Florida Chapter shared a personal story about how suicidal thoughts impacted her family that really hit home for me.
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Are you interested in helping others find hope and inspiration through your personal experiences? The Tourette Association of America is looking for personal stories from the Tourette Syndrome community to be featured throughout the upcoming annual report. We believe experiences from our community are the most impactful way to improve awareness and understanding, and will reshape what people think about TS.