SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education) and the Dakota County Alive & Thrive project are hosting a suicide prevention and awareness night in South St. Paul. With deaths by suicide increasing and mental health challenges facing our community, education and awareness of these topics is critical to save lives. There are approximately 50 suicides in Dakota County each year and hundreds of other community members who think about suicide and attempt to take their life. “The data is clear and the impact of mental health and suicide on our community is real” said suicide prevention expert Dr. Dan Reidenberg of SAVE. “This is why we need to bring more awareness to students, parents, teachers and everyone in our community on how to help prevent suicide,” Reidenberg said. “Our school community has seen and felt the devastation of a student suicide. Everything we can do to better support our student’s mental health and help prevent suicides is a priority. I am thankful that we are talking about this,” stated Chuck Ochocki, Principal of South Saint Paul High School. Let’s Talk About It!© is a free event open to anyone in Dakota County. It will include a local community resource fair, meal, keynote address from an international expert in suicide prevention, as well as local youth and adults who will talk on panel discussions about mental health and suicide in our community.
Date: Thursday, October 7th, 2021Time: 5:00-8:00 pmLocation: South Saint Paul Secondary School700 North Second Street, Door 7South Saint Paul, MN 55075
SAVE (www.save.org) is the leading national nonprofit suicide prevention organization and has been atthe forefront of suicide prevention for 30 years.