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Suicide Support Group Begins Meeting In Wyckoff

Nick Arnoldi, center, with his family three years before he killed himself.
Nick Arnoldi, center, with his family three years before he killed himself. Photo Credit: Elaine Arnoldi

WYCKOFF, N.J. — Understanding what drives someone to take his or her own life is the aim of a Mahwah woman who has launched a support group for parents of suicide victims.

“The stigma associated with suicide is incredible,” said Elaine Arnoldi, whose son was 28 when he killed himself in August 2012 after years of battling mental illness.

“People think it’s the easy way out — like it’s a cowardly thing to do when it’s totally the opposite,” she said. “People just don’t know how to react to that.”

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people between ages 15 to 34, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) most recent study.

Unintentional injury is cited as the leading cause of death in those age groups.

“Depression isn’t something you can just snap out of or get over,” Arnoldi said. “[Nick] felt so hopeless and he didn’t see any other way out. That was one of the hardest things for me.”The support group's first meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 7 and will continue at the same time the first Tuesday of every month at the Christian Health Care Center on Sicomac Avenue.

Email Lorraine Mackin ( lmackin@afsp.org ) about the support group.

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