Suicide awareness and prevention day in the Lowcountry Saturday

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - Lowcountry mental health professionals were in Marion Square Saturday morning to inform people about suicide prevention.

Saturday is suicide awarness and prevention day in the Lowcountry. The Mental Health and Suicide Awareness Expo in Marion Square was the fourth annual event featuring doctors and experts from around the Lowcountry.

"A lot of times people feel real alone, even family and friends they may have concerns about someone, and they just don't know how to do with it. And all these resources are out there and available to help," said Marketing Manager for Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center, David Diana.

Doctors and experts at Saturday's event were from Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center, MUSC, Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy, United Way 211 Hotline and Palmetto Behavioral Health.

Suicide is the third leading cause of death nationwide among teenagers and the 10th leading cause of death among adults, according to Diana.

"I think a lot of people just really don't know that there's help available and that treatment works.{} So we're out here sharing information to let them know that there are places that they can turn to.{} We do hear them and we're here for them," said Diana.