Talk Saves Lives TM: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention

Talk Saves Lives is a one hour, community-based presentation, for anyone over the age of 18, that covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide. 21 people met on Monday, April 30th at the Gorman Foundation Community Room to learn how to be trainers for Talk Saves Lives. Debra Graham, Area Director for the A.F.S.P., reviewed presentation skills, why this program is so important, and the content of the program slide by slide. This train the trainer was brought to the group by the Madison County Suicide Prevention Coalition. For more information on how you can schedule a Talk Saves Lives presentation at your school, community group or

2018 Theme - “Changing Attitudes: It’s not a ‘rite of passage.’ ”

Alcohol and drug use by young people is extremely dangerous--both to themselves and to society--and is directly associated with traffic fatalities, violence, suicide, educational failure, alcohol overdose, unsafe sex and other problem behaviors, even for those who may never develop a dependence or addiction. Adolescence is a time of heightened risk-taking and as alcohol and drugs enter the picture, parents are faced with a unique set of challenges. Parents often forgive underage drinking as a “rite of passage.” They can simply sit back and hope their kids will “get through it,” or they can change their attitude and take an active role in learning about alcohol and drugs and help their kids

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