Suicide is the third leading cause of death for those ages of 10 and 24, resulting in approximately 4,600 deaths nationwide each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In many scientific studies, bullying is found to be related to the risk of suicide.
A local group is hosting a workshop Tuesday evening, Sept. 18, to discuss bullying and suicide, particularly among teens. The public is invited.
Keeping T.A.B.S. (Together Against Bullying & Suicide) “is a community outreach workshop, intended for high school age through adult,” the group states. “The workshop will address the seriousness of bullying and the tragedy of suicide with a focus on teens. How to watch and recognize warning signs, and seek assistance.”
Jeff Dill, founder of Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance, and Associate Pastor Marty Strohschein of Cross of Christ Church in Anthem will present a 90-minute program. Refreshments will be served.
“Jeff is a licensed counselor, Anthem resident, and has spoken with hundreds of families who have lost loved ones to suicide,” Strohschein said. “Students and parents who participate in the workshop will come [away] with ways to help those either considering suicide, or struggling in the aftermath of its effects. We’ll also provide a list of resources and counselors who are available in our area.”
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