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SafeTALK Suicide Alertness Training in Miller County


Jun 2, 2017

There's been a startling rise in the number of suicides in the U.S.

Currently, Arkansas ranks 10th in the national ranking of suicides per capita.

So, why has this become an epidemic, and what can we do to help?

The Arkansas Department of Health is working to provide educational programs that encourage people from all walks of life to become knowledgeable about suicide prevention. On Wednesday, the Miller County Health Unit hosted a safe talk suicide alertness training seminar for the community.

The seminar was provided by the Arkansas Department of Health.

The program is designed to help people be more aware of signs, and intervene to help those with suicidal thoughts.

With a yearly average of nearly 400 suicides in Arkansas, health officials say it has become increasingly important to educate the community about prevention.

"If we can have a conversation about suicide and have more training's, perhaps we can get the word out and we can people who can identify people who are at risk and get them some help," said Cheryl Byrd, Arkansas Department of Health Community Health Nurse Specialist.

"Coming to this class is really training me on how I can help others. I've been able to get through it myself, but now I can really help others get through it," explained Christina Davis, Miss Texarkana.

The number of suicides has increased overall, including among young people.

New research shows the percentage of younger children and teens hospitalized for suicidal thoughts or actions in the U.S. doubled over nearly a decade.

For more information about Safe Talk, or to learn about more suicide prevention training programs go to the Arkansas Department of Health website.

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