SYRACUSE — Jamie Nagle, mayor of Syracuse, city officials, and others from the Davis School District and beyond, are seeking public support in fighting the wave of suicides that have hit this city and communities nearby.
On Saturday, March 23 at 10 a.m., an information meeting will be held in the large amphitheater at Syracuse High School.
“Syracuse is struggling with an ever-increasing number of suicides among our residents,” the mayor said in her letter. “This phenomenon is not limited to any particular age group, gender, religious group or the economically disadvantaged.”
The Provo School District implemented a suicide prevention program more than seven years ago, and has not reported a suicide since, said Syracuse Police Det. Cory Rowley. Greg Hudnall, who oversees that program in Provo, will speak.
In addition, a live presentation and video will outline how Hope Squads will operate in Davis County schools including the difference they are intended to make, starting with Syracuse High, Rowley said.
A mother of a suicide victim will also share her story as part of the 90-minute program, he said.
“This is open to anybody, anyone who is dealing with this issue, with suicide in their family, or who want to help their friends and neighbors,” Rowley said.
Representatives from the business community, as well as schools, churches and elsewhere are being invited.
Booths will be staffed by such groups as Davis Behavioral Health, Davis County Health Department Senior Services, Safe Harbor, Syracuse Intermountain Health Clinic, Tanner Clinic, LDS Family Services, Survivor Support (for suicide), Hill AFB and the Ogden Outreach Resource Center.