suicide prevention

Protesters participate in a political rally in New York City. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

Jan. 6 protestor dies of apparent suicide

A January 6 defendant died of an apparent suicide while awaiting sentencing. Recently, 47-year-old Pennsylvania native Mark Aungst who pled guilty in May to parading in a restricted building was found dead. The Lycoming County coroner has ruled the death to be a suicide. Aungst was expected to serve prison time, but an exact amount had not been set yet. He faced a maximum of six months.

In this Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, photo, a man uses a cell phone in New Orleans. Quick help for suicidal thoughts and other mental health emergencies may soon be as easy as 9-8-8. The United States’ first nationwide three-digit mental health crisis hotline goes live on Saturday, July 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)

New Nat’l Suicide Prevention Lifeline starting July 16th

A new suicide prevention lifeline is launching nationwide. Starting Saturday, the code 988 will be available for call or text as the suicide prevention and mental health crisis lifeline. The line will remain open around the clock and anyone who wants to talk about their struggles can speak to a trained counselor.