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St. Peters to hold panel discussion on suicide

The city of St. Peters is planning to hold a panel discussion on suicide and suicide prevention at the end of March – an issue that authorities say is a leading cause of death among teenagers and young adults in Missouri.

Titled “Let’s Talk…A Community Forum on Suicide and its Prevention,” the panel discussion is scheduled for 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 30 at the St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre, located at city hall at One St. Peters Centre Boulevard. The city’s Health and Wellness Advisory Committee, a citizens’ committee that advises the Board of Aldermen on health issues, is the  discussion host.

Panel members will discuss suicide as it relates to youth, adults and military veterans. Speakers include Heather Davidson, director of youth services with SSM Behavioral Health Services; Molly Dwyer-Simonsen, a licensed professional counselor and Team Leader Outpatient Behavioral Health Programs; and Wendell W. Webb, national senior vice commandant, Marine Corps League.

On average, one person commits suicide in Missouri every nine hours and suicide is the state’s second leading cause of death for persons ages 15-34, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics. The CDC calls suicide a serious, but preventable, public health problem that has lasting harmful effects on individuals, families and communities.

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