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YSB to host suicide community meeting

Posted: Friday, September 14, 2012

The Teen Suicide Prevention Task Force will be hosting an important community meeting to educate parents and those who care about the youth of Huntington County. The two hour suicide awareness program, QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) will be offered on Thursday September 20, 2012 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The training will be held at the Youth Services Bureau’s office at 1344 Maple Drive. Participants will learn Huntington County is not immune to youth suicide. The myths vs. facts as well as the warning signs and risk factors will be addressed. Participants will learn local resources and much more as it relates to suicide prevention.

“This training is geared for family members, friends, pastors, etc. who want to learn more about this critical issue,” stated Ryan Beeching, QPR instructor.

“These two hours could mean the difference between life and death for our young people,” stated Jan Williams, executive director of the YSB. “The number of youth who are thinking about and/or attempting suicide continues to increase. We need to take an aggressive approach to suicide prevention but we can’t do it without parents, grandparents, church members, everyone who comes in contact with young people to get involved,” Williams says.

Space is limited. Please RSVP by calling the Youth Services Bureau at (260) 356-9681. Online registrations may be made by emailing

The Teen Suicide Prevention Task Force is made up of representatives from local law enforcement agencies, HCCSC, Bowen Center, LACE, social service partners and the Youth Services Bureau.  The two primary goals of the Task Force are 1) Educating adults and youth on how to take an active role in prevention and 2) utilizing a community wide approach when dealing with youth and suicide.

Financial support is provided by the Huntington County Community Foundation, and Parkview Huntington Hospital.  To learn more about the training or the Task Force, contact the Youth Services Bureau.