MARCH 17, 1997

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Free suicide intervention at Evergreen

suicide intervention On average, two young people ages 15 to 24 will complete a suicide in Washington state every week. Another twenty young people will attempt to kill themselves. As part of the state Department of Health's Youth Suicide Prevention Program, Evergreen Community Health Care is providing free training to help people recognize and respond to the warning signs of youth suicide.
   The two-day workshop is designed for "gatekeepers," or people who interact with youth in the community. Gatekeepers can be teachers, coaches, counselors, school support staff, nurses, physicians, social workers, police, clergy, parents, community volunteers, and teen peers.
   The free workshops are scheduled for Mar. 20-21, Apr. 14-15, May 1-2, and June 5-6 at Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland. Each session runs 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Evergreen is the only Eastside site for this training. Call 899-5555.