Special Summit Focuses on Suicide Prevention

Suicide was the topic of discussion at a special summit at Blue Ridge Community College Tuesday, and three state departments were at the event talking about the issue.

An organizer of the summit says the more people can learn about suicide, like what resources to use and possible signs to look for, the greater the chance it can be prevented.

At the all-day event, Powerpoint presentations on the subject and speeches by family members of suicide victims were put on with the goal of bringing the community together.

Christy Letsom, one of the organizers, says one the biggest thing someone could take from the event was to seek help if needed.

"I think the biggest thing you can look for is changes in behavior, things that you know aren't true of a person," explains Letsom. "Anytime you have a hunch, if you're concerned or worried that that person may be at risk, find help. There's lots of resources out there that lots of times people aren't aware of."

One of the resources Letsom strongly encourages people to use was the Suicide Prevention Hotline.

She says people should call 800-273-8255 if they have a feeling someone they know may be considering suicide.

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