JOPLIN, MO--- Healthcare proffessionals and members of the community met to discuss suicide prevention amongst lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth (LGBTQ). The event was hosted by the Ozark Center and Missouri Southern's Equality Alliance Organization. The purpose of the workshop is to help adults learn how to prevent and reduce suicides in youth age 13-24. According to the Center for Disease Control, suicide is the third leading cause of death for people ages 15-24.
"Here in southwest Missouri, specifically Jasper County, we've been in the top ten counties for death rate by suicide since 2001," says Debbie Fitzgerald of the Ozark Center, the behavioral health division of Freeman Health System.
The LGBTQ community has higher risk factors for suicide. If you're looking for personal assistance or would like to help prevent someone else from committing suicide call 417-347-7720.