While statistics like these from the National Institute of Mental Health describe a stark reality, there is hope. The Forsyth County Public Library is partnering with Suicide Prevention Action Network, Georgia (SPAN-GA) to offer a series of workshops and support groups to help teens and parents recognize the warning signs of suicide and how to support people affected by a recent loss.
|Sheri McGuinness, President of SPAN-GA,|
will lead a series of Suicide Prevention
workshops at local libraries.
Another Suicide Prevention workshop will be held at the Sharon Forks Library on Thursday, September 29 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Each program will be led by Sheri McGuinness, President of SPAN-GA. She will share information about understanding prevention, knowing what to do when a friend or family member is in trouble, how to support someone affected by a loss, and wellness and self-care.
McGuinness recently launched her first book, Choosing Hope Finding Joy, which chronicles her personal journey navigating through trauma, grief, and loss. She is a Survivor Services Specialist and has created strategies to develop services and support for survivors of a suicide loss in communities throughout Georgia.
“SPAN-GA’s mission is to raise awareness and break the stigma associated with suicide and mental health,” says McGuiness. “While these programs are not intended to be a form of counseling or treatment, participants will learn to recognize the warning signs of suicidal behaviors and communications and be prepared to act to prevent a possible tragedy.”
These workshops are designed for teens and their parents to take a serious look at suicide. The workshops are free and no registration is required to attend.
For more information, please visit www.forsythpl.org.