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Partnering With the Media: Safe Messaging to Prevent Youth Suicide - 03/12/18

PASCO, WA - How we talk about mental health and suicide matters. Educational Service District 123 invites local news directors and media staff to join school communicators for a presentation and forum on how the media can help in youth suicide prevention. Beginning at 9:30 AM on Wednesday, March 21st, ESD 123 will host Partnering with the Media: Safe Messaging to Prevent Youth Suicide.

The language used to communicate student mental health issues influences public understanding and, handled correctly, can prevent suicide contagion. In light of both local and national events over the last several months, ESD 123's prevention services department is taking the lead on facilitating a dialogue between the media and schools by hosting this opportunity to connect with educational and suicide prevention professionals.

Learning the best practices for communicating with the public about mental health and student suicide is a very real step toward keeping our students safe. ESD 123 invites all members of the media and school communication managers to register for this free event. "Partnering with the Media: Safe Messaging to Prevent Youth Suicide" takes place from 9:30-11 AM on Wednesday, March 21 at the ESD 123 Professional Development Center, located at 3924 W Court St in Pasco.

For more information, contact Molly Curtiss, Communication & Graphics Coordinator, at 509.544.5787 or


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