Did you know that in the United States more people die by suicide (50% more) each year than by homicide? 
Experts believe that most suicidal individuals do not want to die – they just want to end the pain they are experiencing. When suicidal intent or risk is detected early, lives can be saved. 
September 9 through 15 is National Suicide Prevention Week and Sept. 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. Together we can reduce the number of lives shaken by a needless and tragic death.
In support of this worldwide and national recognition around suicide prevention, the Clatsop County Juvenile Department and the Commission on Children & Families will be hosting a one- to two-hour “Question, Persuade, Refer” gatekeeper training, facilitated by certified trainers Laura Parker and Teresa Crouter on Monday, Sept. 24 at 5 p.m. at the Judge Guy Boyington Building, 857 Commercial St., Astoria. This free training program is open to any citizen interested in recognizing someone at risk for suicide and increasing his or her knowledge of intervention skills and how to refer someone to help.
For more information and to register, contact Teresa Crouter or Laura Parker at (503) 325-8601.

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