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Coalition to host annual suicide prevention update

Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition is hosting its fourth annual suicide prevention update on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at MidAmerica Nazarene University to educate community members on the county’s suicide prevention initiatives, statistics and trends.

In 2015, 88 individuals in Johnson County died by suicide or overdose. Of those 88 individuals, 67 were between ages 21 and 60.

Local leaders in suicide prevention from fields including mental health, law enforcement, health care and public education will present suicide trends and data, local initiatives and success stories, as well as next steps for the upcoming year.

The Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition was formed in 2012 in response to rising rates of suicides in Johnson County. The coalition saves and supports lives, with community partners, through awareness, education and outreach. Learn more about the Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition online.

Media are invited to attend the event, 8:30 to 10 a.m. at MidAmerica Nazarene University’s Bell Conference Center, located at 2030 E. College Way in Olathe.

Go online for additional recommendations for responsible reporting on suicide.