Education and Entertainment Mark Depression Awareness Event Sept. 13

Do you know CPR or first aid? Why did you learn those skills? Quite possibley they were learned so that you could be prepared and possibly help save a life if a situation presented itself. What about depression? Would you recognize the warning signs or symptoms in a colleague, friend or family member suffering from it?

On September 13 at 5:30 p.m. in front of the Courthouse the Monroe County Suicide Prevention Coalition (MCSPC) will present an evening  of vital information about depression and musical entertainment by local entertainers, C.J. Wise, Savannah Burke, and Moriah Dailey.

Pandora Neuhart will speak briefly about depression as well as how to recognize the signs in those around us. Depression and its sometimes devastating consequences have covered the media recently with the death of comedian Robin Williams. Conversations have sprung up among all ages expressing confusion about the topic. One of the MCSPC’s goals is to provide information and educational material to the public to help make our community a healthier one.

Those attending the evening will also be encouraged to program the local crisis hotline number into their cell phones so if the need arises there is an immediate resource for help. In addition, the MCSPC will have free material available which addresses depression, suicide and ways to help someone. 

The MCSPC was formed approximately five years ago and consists of a small group of dedicated volunteers. All funding is grant based. In the last five years some of its activities have included the following: Red Flag Program which teaches middle school students district-wide how to recognize depression in those around them; breakfasts which brought together first responders, law enforcement agencies and healthcare professionals to discuss problems and work toward possible solutions to prevent suicides: an on-line course for teachers to help them be more aware of possible warning signs in students; placemats printed with facts and myths about suicide distributed at local restaurants; coasters with the local crisis hotline number placed at local bars. The coalition meets the third Thursday of each month at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, South Main St., Woodsfield at 4:00 p.m. The public is invited.

Armed with information, each person has the ability to help someone suffering with depression. Join the Monroe County Suicide Coalition on Sept. 13 at 5:30 p.m. in front of the Courthouse to help make our community a healthier one.