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Suicide Prevention Is Important
May 10, 2017

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We are glad that Wetzel County Schools is offering ways to get the word out on suicide prevention.

There are two opportunities available next week for the community to get involved in the schools' endeavors.

Within this week's board of education story, you will read that the school system is working to implement "Sources of Strength," which provides evidence-based prevention for suicide, violence, bullying and substance abuse by training peer leaders and adults.

Those who want to get involved with this program are encouraged to call one of the schools' principals.

Secondly, Wetzel County Schools is offering a "safeTALK Training Workshop."

This will be held May 18 at the board office. You can read more information on this by checking out the related press release in this week's Chronicle.

The subject of suicide - the subject of mental health itself - can seem rather taboo, not to be discussed. However, it's of extreme importance that we do address these tough topics. According to the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention, suicide is the second leading cause of death, in West Virginia, for ages 15-34; it's the third leading cause of death for ages 10-14, and the fourth leading cause of death for ages 35-44, all in West Virginia.

These figures are unacceptable. What better way to open the discussion on suicide prevention than during Mental Health month?

We thank Wetzel County Schools for taking the initiative.

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