By Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — National Suicide Prevention Week kicks off on Monday and the Philadelphia chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is raising awareness.

“I felt blindsided, suicide wasn’t even a thought in my mind,” said Dr. Terri Erbacher, a school psychologist and co-author of ‘Suicide in Schools.’

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She’s also a survivor.

“I lost my dad to suicide in 2001.”

She said she went through a range of emotions, from wondering why, to anger, to grief and sadness.

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“Sad that he felt so bad.”

Erbacher at the American Foundation for suicide prevention is raising awareness by talking about suicide and eliminating the taboo.

“This is real life- let’s talk about it, let’s eliminate that stigma.”

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The Philadelphia Chapter of AFSP is holding a survivor’s barbecue next weekend. They’re also using hastag #STOPSuicide and #ItsOkToTalk on social media to get men, who are 3.5 times more like to commit suicide, to open up.