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Event educates about suicide prevention efforts

Sept. 7, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Suicide is one of the leading causes of death among college students in the United States. Western Michigan University is taking the lead to prevent this tragedy and save lives, educating about warning signs and unveiling a suicide prevention Web site.

The University, in conjunction with several area partners, is sponsoring an event during Suicide Prevention Week Sunday through Saturday, Sept. 9-15, to raise awareness of risks and warning signs of suicide.

"Suicide Prevention: Moving Forward with Education and Training" is the topic of a free discussion from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Greater Kalamazoo United Way, 709 S. Westnedge. Participants will learn about warning signs for suicide for all ages, issues for survivors of loved ones who commit suicide, WMU suicide prevention initiatives and the University's suicide prevention Web site, and other local efforts.

Presenters include Dr. Karen VanDeusen, WMU associate professor of social work; Fran Morrow, director of medial social work for the Sindecuse Health Center; Dr. Delores Walcott, associate professor at the University Counseling and Testing Center; and Dr. Kathy Lewis-Ginebaugh, assistant professor at the Counseling and Testing Center.

Other sponsors include the Kalamazoo County Suicide Prevention Workgroup, Multi-purpose Collaborative Body and Strong Families/Safe Children. The event is open to the public, and light refreshments will be provided.

For more information on suicide prevention, visit www.uctc.wmich.edu/prevention or contact Delores Walcott, WMU University Counseling and Testing Center, at delores.walcott@wmich.edu or (269) 387-1850.

Media contact: Deanne Molinari, (269) 387-8400, deanne.molinari@wmich.edu

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