National organization hosts suicide prevention training in Salt Lake City

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention joined its Salt Lake City chapter Thursday to provide a suicide prevention training event.

The event focused on providing resources that at-risk youth may need and educating the community on the research and warning signs of suicide.

Among members of the organization is local activist Taryn Hiatt.

“Because this is such a stigmatized topic for so long, often a person is suffering in silence and doesn’t know where to turn so by educating ourselves about those warning signs we can be the one to reach out and provide support,” said Hiatt.

Hiatt says it’s also important to watch for people who start begin to behave differently. She says to watch for changes in sleeping schedules or eating habits as signs someone may need help.

Established in 1987, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention aims to give those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education, and advocacy to take action against a leading cause of death.

If you or someone you know needs help, there’s the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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