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