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New suicide prevention forums for Evansville community

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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -

A series of community forums was announced to address suicide in Evansville.

The Old National Bank leadership team helped create a community task force made up of local business and education leaders, and mental health care providers.  

The group will be hosting public forums to educate the community about suicide and what resources are available to help.  Mental health experts will lead the forums using the QPR method:  question, persuade, refer, to help the public better understand how to help a potentially suicidal person. 

"We're hoping we can lower the stigma and let people know how common it is.  One in four people struggle with a mental illness so that's really common, and that it's ok to ask for help and we want to help you and show you where to go for help," said Janie Chappell with Deaconess Cross Pointe.

The Suicidal Safer Community Forums will be held:

  • April 4, Willard Library
  • April 5, Gateway Conference Center
  • April 10, Welborn Conference Center
  • April 11, Oaklyn Library
  • April 17, Central Library
  • April 18, Gateway Conference Center

All forums are free and open to the public from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.  Attendees must be at least 16-years-old. 

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