BY SARAH STEPHENS, OWNER/EDITOR
Two Methodist churches in Millbrook are focusing on the epidemic of suicide and are reaching out to the community to educate and provide hope. The event will be held Nov. 13 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Millbrook Civic Center.
All area residents are invited to come, listen and join in the dialogue. All youth, parents, and concerned citizens are invited to this event.
The Millbrook Civic Center is located at 3168 Park Circle (next to the Library behind Village Green Park).
This community initiative intends to bring the message of life to our young people in our area by drawing out of darkness the epidemic of suicide. Robinson Springs United Methodist Church and Millbrook First United Methodist Church are hosting an evening for the area youth, parents and concerned citizens to dialogue about suicide awareness/prevention.
“On Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the Millbrook Civic Center from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm we will have featured speakers engage in the conversation. Rebecca Ellis, the Cole Ellis Foundation and Alisa Jones, Hope City Counseling will bring a powerful message of reality and hope regarding suicide,” RSUMC Pastor Janet Krantz said.
This link will give you a preview of their respective organizations and experience. http://www.hopecitycounseling.com/the-cole-ellis-foundation
According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, suicide is on the rise across the state. In 2016 it was the 11th leading cause of death. There were 788 suicides compared to 543 murders. Of those suicides, 98 were young people between the ages of 10 to 24. Suicides in Alabama are highest among white, non-Hispanic residents, particularly males.
Please see the graphics for more detailed information, which were created by the Alabama Department of Public Health.