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Two Important Suicide Prevention Forums

Two suicide prevention forums will be presented free of charge by several community agencies this October. The first will be Thursday, October 22nd from 6 pm to 9 pm at the ABC Church, 6225 Atascadero Mall in Atascadero. The second will be held on Tuesday, October 27th from 6 pm to 9 pm at the United Methodist Church, 1515 Fredericks Street in San Luis Obispo.

Every year, 750,000 people attempt suicide in the U.S. and 30,000 of them succeed.  The most recent data shows that in San Luis Obispo County, there are 13.2 suicides per 100,000 people, which is higher than the state as a whole, which has only 9.0 per 100,000.  Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teens and young adults.

Addressing this local and national tragedy, multi-award winning San Luis Obispo author Jay Asher, who wrote Thirteen Reasons Why, will be this year’s returning speaker for both events. Updated information about suicide warning signs will be discussed, along with risk factors for veterans, the impact of drugs and alcohol, youth and elder suicide, survivor support groups, and other community resources.

“In these uncertain times, the risks for suicide have increased along with the urgency for frank and open discussion,” said Steve Thayer of Hospice of SLO County. “We are pleased to be offering this event in two locations so that as many people as possible can attend.”

No reservations are needed and the public is encouraged to call Hotline by dialing 211 for information about suicide prevention, survivor support, and more. The event is co-sponsored by NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill), the Community Counseling Center, 211 SLO Hotline, Area Agency on Aging, the County Office of Education, San Luis Obispo County Behavioral Health, the Veterans Administration and Hospice of San Luis Obispo County.

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