DACC to present intensive training on youth suicide

Apr. 16—DANVILLE — Intensive training on youth suicide prevention will make up the second lecture in the Danville Area Community Center's new series.

The training, to be held at 6:30 p.m. May 2 at the Pine Barn Inn is part of the DACC Inspire & Transform: Changing Lives Events Supported by the Degenstein Foundations.

Presenters will include Danielle Empson-Schultz, director of the McDowell Institute, Commonwealth University, and Dr. Tim Knoster, professor of exceptionality programs in the McDowell Institute.

Empson-Schultz' and Knoster's topic is a particularly important issue today as nearly one out of five young people say they have contemplated suicide, according to the DACC.

"To help address this growing concern, Ms. Empson-Schultz, and Dr. Knoster will provide information on the prevalence of youth suicide, risk factors and warning signs associated with mental health challenges, as well as guidance on steps to help prevent suicide through building resilience in our youth," the community center said.

While the intensive presentation is typically held behind closed doors, the center said Empson-Schultz and Knoster have adapted it for an open audience.

Heather Laubach, chief operating officer at the community center, said the organization is excited to continue bringing presentations on important issues to the Danville community.

"We've got to make sure the information is flowing on this critically important topic, this has to be brought up and talked about," Laubach said.

Pre-registration for the May lecture is required and can be completed at www.danvilleacc.com.