GALLIPOLIS — In Ohio, on average of four people a day die by suicide; one every five hours as stated on the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention website.
It is the second leading cause of death for persons aged 15-34. The Gallia County Citizens for Prevention and Recovery Coalition wants to do something about it. One person taking their own life is too many.
Throughout the year, the group plans to hold various community awareness events to help bring about a change in the area. The group has previously brought in speakers to the local middle and high schools in both the Gallia County Local School District and the Gallipolis City Schools District. After various fundraising efforts, the Gallia CPR will be bringing to the area Jeff Yalden, a speaker who will address both the youth and adult community. He has spoken at over 4000 events, covered all 50 states, all provinces in Canada and many more countries around the world. CPR supporters say Jeff Yalden has made it his mission to prevent suicide and change the stigma of mental health. Struggling with mental health issues himself, he has seen the need for change.
The group invites the public to come see him at a free event on Dec. 6 at River City Fellowship. Food and drinks will be available (first come first served) at 6 p.m. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Local mental health and substance abuse agencies, as well as local pastoral leaders will be in attendance for those seeking help. The presentation is geared toward parents, however, it is parental discretion to bring their children. Yalden will be speaking in all middle and high schools in Gallia County on Dec. 4, 5, and 6 and the during the community event. In addition to free food, one lucky person will have the chance to win a brand new tablet just by attending the event, the drawing will be held at the end of the event.
Organizers thanked Gallia County Citizens for Prevention and Recovery, Gallia-Jackson-Meigs Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services, Gallia County Local Schools, River City Fellowship, Gallia County Prosecutor’s Office, friends and family of Anthony Sipple and many community members who made financial contributions to make the event possible.
The Gallia County Citizens for Prevention and Recovery meet on the second Monday of each month at noon at Holzer Medical Center. For more information on this group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or follow the Facebook page.
If you have any questions about this event, contact Selina Mitchell, member of Gallia CPR, email@example.com.