On September 12th, members of the counseling team at Iowa Specialty Hospital will be hosting Break the Silence, a suicide prevention learning opportunity. The public is invited to this special event that will be held from 6 – 8 pm at the Heartland Museum located at 119 9th St SW in Clarion.
Through Break the Silence, the counseling team wants to raise awareness on statistics and warning signs. They also want to empower individuals to speak up, whether it is for themselves or another person. Addition discussion will focus on when and where to seek help.
“With statistics telling us that one person dies by suicide every 20 hours in just the state of Iowa alone, we know people need to be given the tools to seek help,” said Rachel Fletcher, Licensed Independent Social Worker. “We want to provide that help and hope.”
Adds Alexis Morgan, Licensed Master Social Worker, “We know there can be times throughout life that seem overwhelming, but there will be better days. This is evident in the testimonials that will be given by a couple of individuals that wanted to share their journeys in order to help others.”
Everyone is invited to the Break the Silence event. Parents, school staff, clergy, veterans, and medical staff are highly encouraged to attend to deepen their awareness. Counselors will be available after the presentation to answer questions.
For questions about the event or resources, please contact Jenna Krumm at 515-532-9339.