Suicide prevention among teens focus of Sept. 23 presentation

September 20, 2019 | by mharding

United Way of Southwest Louisiana is partnering with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to present “Talk Saves Lives: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention” at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 815 Ryan St. Free and open to parents, educators, clergy and all who work with adolescent teens, the presentation will equip adults with lifesaving skills allowing them to engage in healthy dialogue about the second leading cause of death among teens.

“In 2019, suicide is still kind of a taboo topic. People don’t want to talk about it. It’s imperative that parents have that conversation and be informed about it because, obviously, not talking about it doesn’t work,” Ken Brown, field ambassador for the Louisiana Chapter of AFSP, said.

Brown will present research from AFSP regarding the scope of the teen suicide epidemic in an effort empower adults to take action against the tragedy.

“The bottom line is suicide is preventable if you know the signs. The first step to prevention is just talking about it, dispelling the myths and getting the facts about suicide.”

Sarina Clooney, United Way director of 211 and Resource Information, will also present local resources available.

“Our goal at United Way of Southwest Louisiana is to provide initiatives to the community that offer as many resources as possible to aid in times of need. I personally want our teens to know that we are on their side and want to help them in any way we can.”

Pre-registration is required. Visit www.unitedwayswla.org/safetalk to register or call 433-1088 for more information.