State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) recently attended a mental health and suicide training conference held at Youngstown State University. 

The purpose of the Mental Health Advocacy and Suicide Prevention Training was to educate the Youngstown State University campus community on various mental health disorders that students may face by presenting them with research-based statistics while giving them the opportunity to hear from current graduate students and professionals in the counseling field. A large component for the training is in concordance with House Bill 28, sponsored by Representative Anielski. Therefore, students, faculty, and staff were educated on warning signs of suicide, proper distress tolerance planning, and ultimately given resources within the university and within the community that can be used for referral.

Certificates were given to participants for completing the REACH suicide prevention training by Drs. Darcy Haag and Paul Granello. The training included:

R - recognizing warning signs;
E - engage in empathy;
A - ask directly about suicide;
C - communicate hope; and
H - help suicidal individuals to access care and treatment. 
“Witnessing House Bill 28 being fully implemented across the state’s institutions of higher education will not only benefit the lives of thousands of students, but ultimately assist in reducing the existing stigma of those silently suffering,” Rep. Anielski said.  “I commend President Jim Tressel and the Youngstown State University community for taking the initiative to prepare a full day of training for its students, faculty, and staff to ensure that we are protecting our most precious gifts, our children.”

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