The Hardin County Suicide Prevention Coalition held a suicide awareness breakfast this morning.
Donna Dickman, Director of the Partnership for Violence Free Families, or PVFF, said suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. She said in Hardin County, 5 suicides occurred in 2017, which was up from the 3 in each of the years 2012 and 2013.
She said it's going to take everyone working together to start bringing down that number.
Dickman pointed out 4 ways that we can save lives.
One she said is to know the verbal and behavioral signs that someone is considering suicide.
Second, know where to get help. Many resources are available in Hardin County, including the We Care Center in Kenton. There is also a crisis help line that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, which is 1-800-567-HOPE.
Third is Let's Talk. Open communication is a key for parents, educators and others to get to know what's on the minds of young people.
Fourth is Mental Health First Aid Training. Staff members in schools, churches and businesses as well as residents are encouraged to take training classes to be prepared on what they can do to help someone suffering mental health issues.
PVFF is sponsoring a training course on May 8 at Mid Ohio Energy in Kenton. To register, email mhfa.care.