May 13, 2013 – Blasco Library 4:30 – 6:00 PM
Health officials urge Erie County parents to learn more about the warning signs of suicide and how to prevent it
- Third-leading cause of death in 15- to 24-year-olds nationwide
- Fourth-leading cause of death in 10- to 14-year-olds
- Contemplated by up to 25% of adolescents at some point in their lives
- Attempted 100 times for every completion
Suicide is an especially significant risk for young people who are facing:
Parents are invited to the first ever SUICIDE PREVENTION WORKSHOP to learn the warning signs, risks, and protective factors of suicide. A panel of experts will be on hand to answer questions and parents will have ample opportunity to engage in the process of learning about this topic.
“Our goal as health educators is to not only teach students on how to prevent suicide, but to make sure that the parents understand it themselves,” said Patty Puline, Erie County Suicide Prevention Task Force Chairman. “We want to educate and enable parents, not intimidate them. Armed with this education, parents may be able to properly identify risk factors, and learn how to access local services and mental health agencies.”
Funding for this event is provided through PA State Department of Health Violence and Injury Prevention Project (VIPP).