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Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - Hidden Pain: Expert Sheds Light on Suicidal Behavior

Hidden Pain: Expert Sheds Light on Suicidal Behavior
One-day workshop for mental health professionals set for Sept. 23
 
Eight people took their own lives in Grand Traverse County in 2009, the most recent statistics show.

Nationally more than 30,000 people die by suicide every year. It’s the third leading cause of death for those 15 - 24 years old while the highest suicide rate can be found among those 65 and older.
 
Locally, issues such as unemployment and other economic factors push some men and women toward acting on what once was unthinkable.
 
“Calls on the suicide hotline continue to go up as do general crisis calls,” said Mickie Jannazzo, LMSW, LPC, clinical services director at Third Level Crisis Center. “While suicide is a relatively rare event, there are multiple variables that go into understanding suicide as a public health problem.”
 
Third Level is teaming with Munson Medical Center Behavior Health Services, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, Northern Lakes Community Health, the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, and The American Association of Suicidology to sponsor a one-day suicide workshop for mental health professionals on Friday, Sept. 23.
 
George J. Drozd, Psy.D., DCFC, who has developed suicide prevention policies and procedures for many public and private treatment programs, will lead the training which will be held at Northern Lakes Community Mental Health. Cost is $60 and the registration deadline is Sept. 8. Statistics show that many of those who die by suicide have had recent contact with a mental health professional.
 
“We have determined that mental health professionals really need more specific training to be of help to their clients who may be at risk of suicide,” Jannazzo said. “George Drozd is particularly well qualified to bring that information home to a variety of people who serve in a variety of clinical settings.”
 
Suicide prevention week runs Aug. 29 – Sept. 1. Third Level also offers training for lay persons on how to recognize suicidal symptoms and the steps needed for intervention. For more information on the workshop with Drozd, call (231) 947-2255.
 
This program has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). The Suicide Prevention Resource Center is authorized to award 6.5 NBCC clock hours and 6.5 NASW CE contact hours. It also has been approved by the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP) for 6.5 CE contact hours. No partial credit will be given for partial attendance.
 
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CONTACT: Dale Killingbeck
Munson Healthcare Corporate Communications
(231) 935-3393
dkillingbeck@mhc.net