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Focusing On Suicide At Youth Mental Health Workshop

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Sonora, CA — Suicide is the leading cause of death for local youth between the ages of 10-19, and mental health will be the focus of a parent workshop Wednesday evening that will give helpful tools.

The Sonora Area Foundation wants to remind the public that the “Not My Kid” event is being held this Wednesday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Sierra Bible Church on Tuolumne Road near Standard Road, as earlier reported here. Registration is not required and the event is free and provides child care for those needing it. The event will include dinner for participants, a Keynote Speech delivered by Jeremy Bates of Tru Hope Summit, and several breakout sessions with information on anxiety, depression, sense of belonging, and suicide prevention.

The event is being put on in partnership by various groups, including the Sonora Area Foundation (SAF). Its CEO Darrell Slocum noted, “Over 50% of Tuolumne County high school juniors experience chronic sadness or hopelessness. This is a call to action and we are offering the Not My Kid Event to local parents as a way to provide help and hope.”