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Perry, OH: Group focused on teen suicide; 5 local kids died this past year

Jan 27, 2018, Massillon (OH) Independent: The Rev. Frank Park, campus pastor, said the program came to fruition after a question during a staff meeting http://www.indeonline.com/entertainmentlife/20180127/newpointe-church-offers-suicide-awareness-seminar A local church is taking on the tough topic of suicide in hopes of equipping and helping families that may be struggling with the issue. On Wednesday, NewPointe Community Church will host a free seminar on suicide awareness and prevention from 7 to 9 p.m. at its Canton campus at 5305 Broadmoor Circle NW. … “I think everybody knows about the string of suicides at Perry,” he said. “We had a meeting and I asked what can we do as a church, in addition to prayer? Can we do something practically to help the community?” Five Perry Local students have died this school year, incidents investigators described as suicide. … Growing problem … According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide rates doubled for girls ages 15 to 19 between 2007 and 2015, and increased by 30 percent for boys in the same demographic. …