Pulaski County Kentucky Government

Proclaim Saturday, September 10 as Pulaski County Suicide Prevention Day

Members of the Pulaski County Suicide Prevention Workgroup met Friday morning with County Judge Executive Steve Kelley to proclaim Saturday, September 10, 2016 as Pulaski County Suicide Prevention Day, to coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day and part of National Suicide Prevention Month.

The proclamation was drafted by Julie Parent with the Kentucky Department of Behavioral Health in collaboration with Judge Executive Steve Kelley. In 2015, there were 20 suicide deaths in Pulaski County, of which 8 of them were under the age of 25. So far in 2016, there have been 5 suicides. (Data source: Pulaski Co Coroners Office). The goal of the proclamation is to provide public awareness to prevent further suffering and loss of life.

The Pulaski County Suicide Prevention Workgroup began meeting in March and has met regularly about every 4-5 weeks at Potters Place Church.  The group’s goals include pulling together the entire community to develop a system of suicide safer care, decrease stigma around mental health illnesses, increase help seeking skills among our youth and adults, promote training to increase awareness and increase skills to identify the signs that someone might be at risk of suicide and what anyone can do to provide help.

The group is sponsoring several initiatives to achieve their goals, including free Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) trainings for anyone aged middle school and up, marketing and promotion of the national Faith.Hope.Life Campaign to raise mental health awareness and build support within our faith communities, educating partners on Trauma Informed Care (TIC) and how important it is. The next QPR training will be September 12 from 6-8:30PM at Potter’s Place Church in Somerset, KY and is open to anyone who would like to attend, but is limited to 80 participants. If you would like to attend this FREE training, please RSVP to Julie Parent by September 9at julieg.parent@ky.gov. Dinner will be provided for all QPR training participants.

Pulaski County partners include members from the KDE, the faith community, the coroner’s office, the sheriff’s office, the 911 call center, the Adanta Group, the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), LCRH, and the Kentucky Division of Behavioral Health.  The group is open to anyone interested in participating and assisting the group meet their goals.  The next workgroup meeting wlll be on Tuesday, September 20, noon – 1:30pm at the Campbellsville University Somerset campus at stoplight 22.  Lunch is provided with rsvp by our partners at Adanta.  Members of the Owensboro Suicide Prevention Coalition will be present at the upcoming meeting to provide information on the work they do and how the Pulaski Co. group can benefit from their experience.

If you want to join the group or attend the September 20 meeting, please contact Julie Parent at Julieg.parent@ky.gov or Cathy Prothro atCathy.Prothro@ky.gov by September 15. Please also use these provided emails if you would like to receive more information or resources on suicide prevention.

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Pictured above:

Front row (Left to Right)

Sherri Estes (Adanta), Jamie Burton (Adanta), Lori Price (Pulaski Co Schools), Heather McAninch (Adanta), Sandy Steele (NAMI), Eliza Clontz (Adanta), Angelia Bryant (Adanta), Julie Parent (KY Dept of Behavioral Health), Cathy Prothro (KY Dept of Behavioral Health), and Jeffrey Griffith (Faith-based leader).

Back row (Left to Right)

Clyde Strunk (Pulaski Co Coroner), Greg Gover (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), Robert Baugh (Adanta), Cliff Steele (NAMI), Patti Page (Adanta), Steve Kelley (Pulaski Co Judge Executive), Kristi Howard (Adanta), Greg Speck (Pulaski Co Sheriff), and David Muse (Coroners Office)