Residents Get Trained in Suicide Prevention

 MEO News Release 

Twenty Molokai residents learned to be suicide prevention gatekeepers in training sessions last Tuesday and Wednesday conducted by Maui Economic Opportunity Youth Services.

The four sessions, held over the two days at MEO’s Kaunakakai office, covered recognition of the warning signs of suicide, how to provide support to those contemplating suicide and connecting them to services.  The content was patterned after suicide prevention sessions held at Molokai High and Middle schools in April.

The training sessions were a follow up to a town hall on suicide prevention held on July 27.  Some at the town hall were interested in the program taught in the schools.

MEO Youth Services’ work with suicide prevention on Molokai is funded mainly through a county grant, with additional support from private funding.

The next step is the creation of a Prevent Suicide Coalition group on Molokai in September, which is National Suicide Prevention Month.

Resources available for those contemplating suicide include:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a 24-hour hotline for individuals in emotional distress or suicidal crisis, (800) 273-8255 (TALK).
  • Hawaii Cares, local professionals available 24 hours a day for those in mental health crisis and stress, (800) 753-6879.
  • National Crisis Text Line, texting service available 24 hours a day for those in crisis, text “ALOHA to 741-741.”
  • The Trevor Project, resource for LGBTQ+ youth, call (866) 488-7386 (4U-TREVOR), text (202) 304-1200 or chat online at TrevorChat.org.

For more information about MEO Youth Services on Molokai, call (808) 553-5472.


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