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Officials to Hold Suicide Prevention Training on Monday in Harrisburg

Today is Suicide Prevention Awareness Day in Pennsylvania and officials say the number of suicides in the Commonwealth has increased.

More than 17 hundred people committed suicide in 2011 — including an increase in veterans and families of service members. In an effort to change that, officials from the Department of Public Welfare will hold a suicide prevention training in Dauphin County Monday.

They say the training will help people gain an understanding of how someone gets to the point of suicide, making it easier for people to talk about it and reach out for help.

“It’s really the people that are seeing the individual every single day, who know them best and are able to see some of the signs, the warning signs and they’re the individuals that we want to know about this training so that they can do those very first steps in identifying if in fact the person is suicidal,” said Lynn Patrone with the Office of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services.

The training session is free and open to the public. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the Commonwealth Keystone Building, Hearing Room 4, 400 North Street in Harrisburg.

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