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MATFORCE helps bring additional suicide prevention tools to Yavapai County

If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States.

If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States.

MatForce, Yavapai County’s substance abuse prevention coalition that focuses on stopping youth drug use before it starts, understands a common reason youth choose to use substances is to deal with stress and negative emotions. In fact, according to the 2020 Arizona Youth Survey, those are the top third and fourth reasons youth give as to why they use drugs.

For the past several years, MatForce has implemented strategies to educate youth on how to effectively deal with stress and negative emotions. Stress and negative emotions can also contribute to youth suicide.

“Understanding the issues concerning suicide and mental health is an important way to take part in suicide prevention, help others in crisis, and change the conversation around suicide. Suicide is not inevitable for anyone. By starting the conversation, providing support, and directing help to those who need it, we can prevent suicides and save lives,” according to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

“Whether someone is struggling with difficult feelings or in crisis, evidence shows that providing support services and talking about suicide are just a few actions we can all take to help others,” said MatForce Assistant Director Nikki Rosson, a certified safeTALK trainer. “I’m honored to bring additional safeTALK trainings to our county to help families, friends, and loved ones facilitate more of these actions that help prevent suicide deaths.”

MatForce is offering a free safeTALK training, Tuesday, July 6, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Prescott Valley Police Department Training room located at 7601 E. Skoog Blvd., Prescott Valley.

To register email info@matforceaz.org or call 928-708-0100.

For more information about this class, please visit matforce.org.

For more information about suicide prevention resources, visit TeenLifeline.org or call 800-248-8336, or visit SuicidePreventionLifeline.org or call 800-273-TALK.

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