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Shining a Light on a Dark Topic

As we all well know, San Angelo is such a supportive community of ranchers, farmers, proud ASU supporters, military families and the arts. However, for most of the past 22 years, the Tom Green County suicide rates have been higher than the state and national averages with only a few exceptions. So far this year, Tom Green County has had 19 confirmed suicide losses.

WTCG is committed to providing perfect depression care through the Zero Suicide program. Important partnerships include MHMR, West Texas Rehab, Shannon Medical Center, La Esperanza, Angelo State University, River Crest, SAISD, and Art in Uncommon Places. With the goal of “not one more” loss to suicide, WTCG is able to provide rapid access to crisis intervention services through the Zero Suicide Program at no cost to the client.

Over the past year, WTCG has served over 857 people through the Zero Suicide program. Suicide prevention and awareness is a community-wide responsibility. As we kick off September as Suicide Prevention and Awareness month, we are grateful to welcome Frank R. Campbell, PhD, LCSW, CT. Dr. Campbell is the global expert on Suicidology and creator of the LOSS Team model which provides local outreach to suicide survivors. The LOSS Team model is utilized in the Concho Valley, as well as around the world. He will be with us once again September 6 – 9th for a special suicide prevention training event – a portion of this training is free and open to the public. Dr. Campbell will also be sharing this year’s “Message of Hope” at the 7th annual Principal LED Shine a Light event on Saturday, September 10th for World Suicide Prevention day.

If you or someone you love is in need of services, please call 325-486-TALK (8255). FMI for any of these services or events, please visit wtcg.us