NEGAUNEE, Mich. (WLUC) – The Marquette County Health Department held a suicide prevention event on Wednesday.
People gather for a community suicide prevention janitor training event at the Negaunee Public Library. Participants learned how to recognize and respond to the warning signs of a suicide crisis. People often withdraw from activities or isolate themselves from family and friends when suicidal.
Organizers have provided some tips for those unable to attend.
“Don’t be afraid to ask,” says Sarah Derwin, a health educator with the Marquette County Health Department. “You can’t do any harm. A lot of times, people just need a caring ear and a gentle resource point, and that tends to really lower their anxiety. A lot of times people already have a lot of these skills, and we just want to give them the confidence to let the They can act.”
If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts or behaviour, call the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline on 988.
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