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Taking Action to Prevent Suicide in Our LGBTQ+ Community

September is National Suicide Prevention Month and National Suicide Prevention Week is Sept. 9 -15, 2018. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. and each year nearly 45,000 Americans die by suicide. In an effort to build awareness and educate, the Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition is hosting a training event on Friday, Sept. 14 that is free and open to the community.

The topic is “Taking Action to Prevent Suicide in Our LGBTQ+ Community.” Participants will leave with an improved understanding of the challenges of LGBTQ+ people in the community, especially with regard to suicide, clear action steps they can take to be a powerful ally in preventing suicide, and an introduction to the neuroscience of unconscious bias and how it impacts one’s ability to make a difference.

The program will be presented by Jay Pryor, a speaker, executive coach and facilitator of corporate trainings and workshops around the world. They are a transgender and gender non-conforming advocate and educator for inclusivity and gender consciousness. They also serve as the co-host of Doing the Work with Jay and Becca, a weekly podcast devoted to awakening people to their own power to transform their lives. Jay is the author of the acclaimed book, Lean Inside: 7 Steps to Personal Power: A Practical Guide to Transformation for Women. Jay lives with their wife Jessica and their two children in Lawrence, Kansas.

The program will be held from 8 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 14 at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center – 8788 Metcalf Ave. in Overland Park.

To RSVP, please contact Joe Kordalski at RKordalski@usd232.org or 913-667-6250

The Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition saves and supports life, with our community partners, through awareness, education and outreach. The coalition meets monthly on the fourth Thursday of the month from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Johnson County Mental Health Center – 1125 W. Spruce St. in Olathe. To learn more about the coalition, visit jocogov.org/spc or call 913-715-7880.