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Trevor Project Workshop Teaches How To Prevent LGBTQ Suicide

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Jasper County is in the top 10 counties for suicide in the state of Missouri, according to the Ozark Center.  And today around 75 people attended a training workshop to learn how to help those in the LGBTQ youth community who are feeling suicidal.

The workshop was hosted by the MSSU Equality Alliance and Ozark Center, the behavioral heath services branch of Freeman Health System. Attendees learned how to be a gate keeping in the community to recognize those in trouble and how to help.

The 2-hour workshop featured Beth Schroeder, a regional coordinator for Trevor Project. Schroeder provided basic understand of the LGBTQ population, what their needs are and how to approach someone who might be struggling with desperation or thoughts of suicide.

It was the third time the Trevor Project came to Joplin, and the Ozark Center says it's important to let those in crisis know someone is there to listen.  

"Say you are not alone, I'm here with you, and I'm going to help you get through this, and we're going to call someone who can help," said Debbie Fitzgerald, Director of Crisis and Suicide Prevention Services for the Ozark Center. "Many people shy away from it, it make us uncomfortable, when we don't know what to do or somebody's different, and if you just have a little knowledge and refer them to some one who is trained to help--whether that's a phone call or a text, an email, a chat room, those things really can save a life."

For more information on The Trevor Project, click here. For more information on the Ozark Center and its services (including free counseling services) click here. 
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