The community is invited to learn three steps to help prevent suicide at a meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Severna Park High School (SPHS).
Teens Taking Action Against Suicide, local self-help group Live Out Loud, and the Severna Park Community Center in conjunction with the school, will host the talk from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Upper Media Center at SPHS.
The discussion will include the warning signs of suicidal behavior and how to persuade and refer those suffering with mental illness to professional help.
There are three simple steps to take when dealing with a suicidal individual— question, persuade and refer (for professional help), said Gwen Haring, school and community liaison at SPHS and a volunteer with the Suicide Awareness Group.
The suicide awareness group was formed in the county three years ago and now has 100 trainers in the community to talk about and educate the community on suicide awareness.
"This is training for people with no mental health background. It's for the average person to learn to recognize the signs that someone is in crisis and how to get them help," Haring said.
The teen group was formed from a Facebook page created soon after the unexpected death of a SPHS student in May.
The meeting is open to high school ages through adults.