Suicide prevention the focus of Richmond summit

HENRICO, Va. (WRIC) — This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week, and today suicide prevention was the focus of a summit in Richmond.

‘Be Well Virginia’ brought doctors and advocates together to talk about screening options and how to better detect who is at risk.

The Virginia Region IV Suicide Prevention Steering Committee, which is comprised of Hanover County, Henrico County, Goochland County, Southside Community Services, Richmond Behavioral Health Authority, Crossroads CSB, District 19 CSB and Chesterfield County, along with NAMI Central Virginia hosted several national suicide experts at the day-long event at the Weinstein JCC.

According to NAMI Central Virginia Director Kathy Harkey, most people who take their lives visited with their healthcare provider within a year of their suicide.  Many of them visited their healthcare provider within a month of their suicide.

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