Madison Co. to launch training to prevent suicides

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — Residents are working to lower Madison County’s suicide rate by increasing awareness and offer training to help stop people from taking their lives.

County health department data show the county had 22 suicides in 2010 and 20 last year. Seven people took their lives between January and April this year.

Susie Maier of Aspire, Indiana Behavioral Health System tells The Herald Bulletin (http://bit.ly/1arz80o ) the deaths are preventable.

She says a new educational program will be taught across the area by certified trainers to make people aware of signs that someone is suicidal. The free public programs will focus on role-playing scenarios.

About 15 people will receive initial certification to serve as trainers in November.

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Information from: The Herald Bulletin, http://www.theheraldbulletin.com

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