Twenty Molokai residents learned how to recognize and respond to signs of suicide during training sessions Tuesday and Wednesday conducted by Maui Economic Opportunity Youth Services.
The four sessions held over the two days at MEO’s Kaunakakai office covered recognition of the warning signs of suicide, how to provide support to those contemplating suicide and connecting them to services. The content was patterned after suicide prevention sessions held at Molokai High and Middle schools in April.
The training sessions were a follow-up to a town hall on suicide prevention held July 27, when some participants expressed interest in the program taught in the schools.
MEO said the next step is the creation of a Prevent Suicide Coalition group on Molokai in September, which is National Suicide Prevention Month.
Resources available for those contemplating suicide include:
• National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a 24-hour hotline for individuals in emotional distress or suicidal crisis, (800) 273-8255 (TALK).
• Hawaii Cares, local professionals available 24 hours a day for those in mental health crisis and stress, (800) 753-6879.
• National Crisis Text Line, a texting service available 24 hours a day for those in crisis. Text “ALOHA” to 741-741.
• The Trevor Project, a resource for LGBTQ+ youth. Call (866) 488-7386 (4U-TREVOR), text (202) 304-1200 or chat online at TrevorChat.org.
For more information about MEO Youth Services on Molokai, call (808) 553-5472.