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Local event to bring awareness to suicide prevention

Zoe Greszler • May 13, 2019 at 1:00 PM

As suicide continues to claim the lives of many friends and loved ones, a local agency decided to shine some light on preventing the rising epidemic. 

The Huron County Mental Health and Addiction Services Board will host a Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Awareness Event at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Norwalk Main Street School.

Darcy and Paul Granello are scheduled to speak at the free event, which is open to the public

“The Mental Health and Addiction Services Board, along with other agencies, organizations and members of the community are passionate about making mental health and suicide prevention a top priority in our county,” MHAS executive director Kristen Cardone said

“We currently are in the beginning stages of creating a Suicide Prevention Coalition in Huron County that will assess community needs, wants, risk factors, and strengths that will help us form strategic plans to implement the appropriate programs that are needed throughout the county.”

This event is one of the many ways the organization plans to reach out and engage with the community providing education, information and resources.

Dr. Darcy Haag Granello is a professor of counselor education at The Ohio State University and the Founder and director of The Ohio State University Suicide Prevention Program, the largest campus suicide prevention program in the U.S. Dr. Paul Granello is an associate professor of counselor education at The Ohio State University. They are both fellows of the American Counseling Association and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors in Ohio. They have studied and researched suicide and suicide prevention for more than 20 years.

Together, they have received over $5 million in funding in suicide prevention and have published over 100 peer reviewed articles and authored seven books, with another three under contract. They have made over 400 international, national, and state presentations, include keynote presentations on suicide in 12 countries. Together they regularly conduct three- and six-hour trainings on suicide prevention, assessment, and intervention to practicing health professionals.

For any questions regarding this event, for information on other events, or general questions on how to get involved, please contact the Mental Health and Addiction Services Board at 419-668-9858.

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