Special to HNN Provided by Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. –  Marshall University's Department of Social Work will host a community panel discussion on suicide prevention from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 10, in the Memorial Student Center’s room BE-5.


Dr. Candace Layne, director of the university’s Counseling Center, will moderate a discussion about the increasing trend of suicide in the U.S. and in rural areas, which correlates with the increased rate of substance misuse, according to Paula Rymer, organizer of the event and an instructor in the social work department.


“During our discussion, we hope to explore ways to reduce stigma in regard to mental health and suicide,” Rymer said. “Panel members are from community mental health providers and the Master of Social Work program at Marshall. The conversation on how to increase outreach and support to underserved areas will be addressed, as well as the increased rate of substance misuse, trauma and hopelessness and its impact on the issue of suicide.”


Rymer said September is Suicide Prevention Month and encourages the use of the hashtag #BeHereTomorrow throughout the month. Contact Rymer atrymer13@marshall.edu to learn more.