HNN Staff

HUNTINGTON, WV - The West Virginia Council for the Prevention of Suicide announces that it will host a workshop to educate the community and increase awareness about the silent epidemic of suicide.

 

The workshop will be hosted Thursday, May 19 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at River Park Hospital located at 1230 – 6th Avenue in Huntington. Any individual interested in learning about the prevention of suicide is encouraged to attend.

 

Registration costs $15 and will begin at 8 a.m. the day of the workshop with Continuing Education Units being offered to West Virginia social workers, school counselors, nurses, licensed professional counselors and certified addiction counselors who attend. To register, please contact Lora Humphrey at 304-296-1731, ext. 4269.

 

“Education is one of the most effective ways to impact growing suicide statistics,” stated Bob Musick, executive director of the West Virginia Council for the Prevention of Suicide. “Our organization’s goal is to help the community understand that the problem is real, provide information about the many available resources to assist those in crisis, and bring awareness to the fact that suicide can be prevented when warning signs are recognized and addressed.”

 

According to the American Association of Suicidology, West Virginia has the 7th highest rate of suicide of all U.S. states. Suicide also measures as West Virginia’s second-leading cause of death among adolescents aged 14 through 25.

 

To combat the statistics, the West Virginia Council for the Prevention Suicide has developed its workshops to teach parents, educators and professionals the telltale signs of depression, suicide and the effects of substance abuse. The workshop will also address appropriate interventions and will review the proactive measures being taken by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services to lower suicide incidence rates. Last year, in a similar workshop series, the Council was able to deliver preventive training to more than 900 individuals across the state.

 

For more information about the Huntington workshop, other workshops in the state or the West Virginia Council for the Prevention of Suicide, please contact Bob Musick at 304-296-1731 ext. 4181 or at bmusick@valleyhealthcare.org, or contact Patrick Tenney, BA, at 304-296-1731 ext. 4197 or ptenney@valleyhealthcare.org.