‘You don’t have to be an expert to know how to help’: Talk Saves Lives presentation discusses suicide prevention


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — With so many people struggling during these difficult times, Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare and the Suicide Prevention Council of Roanoke Valley organized a free, community-based, online presentation called “Talk Saves Lives: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention.”

From 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, the Talk Saves Lives teleconference will teach participants about common risk factors for suicide; how to spot the warning signs in others; and how to keep themselves, their loved ones, and the members of their community safe, according to a statement released by Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare.

“During this difficult time in our world, it is important to reach out to others and offer hope,” the release stated. “Many people are dealing with increased stress, anxiety, and depressive symptoms. They may be struggling with thoughts of suicide. Do you know what to say or how to help?”

According to Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare, suicide is the second leading cause of death among those between the ages of 10 and 24, with an estimated 48,344 Americans dying by suicide in 2018. The organization says Tuesday’s online presentation — which is sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention — will cover general information about this top cause of death, the most up-to-date research on prevention, and how people can combat suicide.

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