Howard Payne University and the Central Counties Training Coalition are presenting a suicide prevention and mental health recovery program on May 8 at the Family Services Center.

Seminars on “SafeTALK for Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Recovery” will begin at 8 a.m. a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

The registration fee is $25. There is a maximum of 30 participants per class, and the deadline for early registration is May 6. Registration will be available at the door if space remains.

Trainers will be Clarice Taylor, a mental health clinical trainer in Harris County, and Wayne Mullan, a peer specialist with the Center for Life Resources.

According to the Center for Life Resources:

An article from the Department of Defense in 2000 stated that “the continuing social stigma attached to mental illness is the biggest obstacle mental health experts face in helping patients, reducing suicide rates — and in the military, improving the fighting force.”

Fifteen years later, communities, families and mental health workers continue to face challenges in reducing suicide and the stigma that mental illnesses can carry. A suicide happens somewhere in the world every 40 seconds. 

With proper training and healthy discussion about suicide and mental illness, the associated stigma and challenge can be met head-on by community members, professionals and family members.