Coalition to hold town hall meeting to provide resources to help prevent suicides

Monday night at Spring Creek Middle School in Providence, the Cache County Suicide Prevention Coalition will hold its first ever public event. It’s called the ‘Emotional Health and Healing Town Hall’. Its focus is on providing resources for those facing mental health issues and families seeking to help them.

According to suicide data, it is a growing problem in the state among certain age groups. On KVNU’s For the People program last week, a member of the coalition, Logan City Police Lt. Brad Franke, talked about how the coalition came together.

“So a couple of years ago, the Health Department here in the valley sent out kind of a ‘call to arms’. They just asked anybody and everybody that was concerned about people in crisis and suicide in our valley to come together and meet. And that’s how this coalition was really built,” said Franke.

He said those concerned include practitioners, counselors, therapists and different agencies and individuals who have been meeting together to compare notes and collaborate on how to address this increasing problem in our communities. Franke said part of the public outreach involves trying to break through the stigma.

“Emotional mental health and suicide are sort of the dirty secret of health. Nobody historically has wanted to talk about it, nobody’s wanted to address it. If you have diabetes, or you have cardiac problems, or you have high blood pressure, you go to your doctor, you get help. You take your medications, you get follow up. But historically people with emotional and mental health issues have kind of had to keep it quiet or not shared it publicly,” Franke explained.

So to increase communication and understanding, the public town hall is being held and it’s free. It’s for families and anyone interested. It will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, April 10th at Spring Creek Middle School at 350 W 100 North in Providence. You can get more information on their Facebook page: <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/CacheSuicidePreventionCoalition/” target=”_blank”>Cache County Suicide Prevention Coalition.</a>

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