The Centers for Disease Control reports that suicide is the second leading cause of death among 25-34 year olds, and the third leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year olds.
In 2009, six youth completed suicide in Clermont County. Suicide is a public health issue that is often difficult to talk about; however, with awareness and education of the signs of suicide, we as a community can decrease the suicide rate.
The Clermont County Suicide Prevention Coalition, Mental Health America of Southwest Ohio, and the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board will host a youth summit about local suicide prevention efforts from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010, at UC Clermont College in Batavia.
The CDC reports that among young adults, ages 15 to 24 years old, there are approximately 100-200 attempts for every completed suicide.
Data collected from the summit will be presented at a town hall meeting in April.
Sponsors of the youth summit include UC Clermont College, Amelia Wal-Mart, United Dairy Farmers, Mayfield Dairy, Amelia Pizza Hut, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, ESP Printing, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., Panera Bread, and Kroger.
For more information about the youth summit on suicide prevention, Give Us the Scoop, contact Virginia Dennis at (513) 721-2910, or Associate Director of the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board Lee Ann Watson, at (513) 732-5400.