Expert gives suicide prevention lecture for area teens

August 16, 2011 

On Aug. 10, Dr. Thomas Joiner, a clinical psychologist, researcher and suicide prevention expert at Florida State University, spoke to area high school Key Club members on why people die by suicide and suicide prevention. The free community presentation was sponsored by Manatee Glens.

Joiner’s presentation aimed at increasing awareness of issues related to suicide and suicide prevention. He explained that suicide victims are often guided to action by the belief that they are a burden to others and the sense that one does not belong.But most important, suicide can be prevented. Knowing the risk factors and warning signs make prevention possible, Joiner said, noting that maintaining good interpersonal relationships is essential.

Matt Davis, past president of Southeast High School Key Club, said, “The presentation allowed us to understand why people die by suicide, the type of people and their mindset. Also, we learned to recognize the warning signs that lead to suicide.”

-- Submitted by Nancy McCarty, Manatee Glens

Bradenton Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service