by Photo courtesy of Sweetwater Union High School District

The Sweetwater Union High School District will host its annual suicide prevention forum on Sept. 1 at Olympian High School's multi-purpose building. 

This year’s forum will begin at 5:30 p.m with a resource fair, and food will be available before showing the documentary short, “Living Through It”, about suicide prevention, loss, and community call for life-saving solutions.

The film will show from 6 p.m-7:30 p.m., followed by a facilitated discussion with the district’s Suicide Prevention Council and Ms. Bertha Loaiza, whose story is featured in the documentary. 

The film highlights true stories and interviews with a suicide survivor, a family of a victim, Sen. Ben Hueso who speaks about his Senate Bill 656 that mandates Caltrans to build a suicide deterrent on the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, and a QPR trainer sharing how people contemplating suicide can find hope. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 45,979 people died by suicide in the United States. That equates to one death every eleven minutes. Suicide is one of the leading causes of death among adolescents aged 15 to 19 years.

Anyone with questions about the event is asked to contact Dr. Margeret A. Sedor, the District Suicide Prevention and Wellbeing Coordinator at  Margaret.Sedor@sweetwaterschools.org 

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