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Georgia: School summit focuses on suicide prevention

Feb 1, 2020, Rome (GA) News-Tribune: Mental Health Summit draws over 100 people together to discuss suicide prevention Floyd County Schools had 175 students who have attempted suicide at least once, according to a student health survey conducted by Georgia Department of Education in sixth through 12th grades. Rome City Schools had 128 students who said the same thing. In an effort to combat this, Floyd County’s suicide prevention coalition, Healing Hearts, partnered with Northwest Georgia Regional Education Service Agency to host a mental health summit…. On Friday, around 120 people came to the Lakeview Building on the Georgia Highlands campus to attend sessions and learn from one another how to better take care of people and prevent suicide. Many of the attendees were school counselors, but the summit also had people come from local government agencies, nonprofits and mental health courts…. Andrea Loveless works as a certified peer specialist with Highland Rivers Health in Cartersville. The mental health service is funded by the Garrett Lee Smith federal grant, which aims to prevent suicide in youth and young adults ages 10 to 24. … Plant said she hopes to make this summit an annual event to help mental health care providers and school counselors learn more about resources and how to work with people who are prone to suicide and depression.


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