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Yavapai County Suicide Prevention Coalition to meet for special presentation on Oct. 26 in Prescott

The Yavapai Suicide Prevention Coalition will have a special meeting at the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic office at 505 S. Cortez St. on Oct. 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Yavapai County Medical Examiner Mark Fischione will be giving a special presentation about the increase in drug abuse and suicides in the county.

Yavapai County has the fourth highest rate of suicide in Arizona, and first responders are likely to witness more trauma, loss, death and destruction than the average citizen will see in a lifetime, said a coalition news release.

Estimates are that 25 to 30 percent of police officers have stress-based physical health problems and 40 percent suffer from sleep disorders. Post-traumatic stress disorders are impacting more emergency personnel: 18 percent in police officers, 10 to 37 percent in fire service, the release states.

“This places them at high risk for substance abuse, suicide, homicide and domestic violence,” the release said.

After Fischione’s presentation, there will be a discussion on approaches to reducing the numbers of suicides and talk about how to support first responders.

Lunch is to be provided.

RSVP to Coalition Chairman John Schuderer at or 928-830-3047.

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