September 10-16 is National Suicide Prevention Week and The Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley is partnering with Spectrum Healthcare Group to host a panel of community members who have attempted suicide and are willing to share their stories so people can better understand this trauma which is the 8th leading cause of death in Arizona. On average in Arizona, one person dies by suicide every 7 hours according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
According to Barbara Litrell, President of the Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley, “We keep trying to find out what our community can do to help prevent suicide. That will be one of the questions we will ask our panelists. What could family, friends and community do to help someone experiencing the emotional crisis leading to suicide? We are really grateful to our panelists willing to share their stories.”
The program will take place on Thursday, September 14, 4:45PM-6:45PM at the Jewish Community Sedona and the Verde Valley, 100 Meadowlark Dr, Sedona. A soup supper will be served at 4:45 and the panel will begin at 5:15PM. The program is free and open to the public.
The Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley is an all volunteer 501C3 organization whose mission is to build support and eliminate the stigma for individuals and families challenged by mental health issues through education, outreach, advocacy, community conversations and support services. For more information, contact Barbara Litrell 649-0135 or email@example.com.
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