Suicide Prevention awareness

Friday, April 19, 2019

There is a positive movement in Cherokee County to bring more awareness to Suicide Prevention, with special focus on our youth.

This weekend, information flyers will be distributed via grocery bags at both Cherokee Hy-Vee and Fareway grocery stores. The flyers are dubbed, “Talk Saves Lives,” and are full of information and help lines for those who may have thoughts of suicide, a growing problem nationwide for junior high and high school students.

Larry Osterkamp and Jan Carlson are member of the group promoting suicide awareness. “We just want to get information out to people with hotlines so they know there are options out there to help,” he said. “We’ve been meeting with county health officials, professionals at CRMC, along with representatives from area high schools Cherokee, Alta-Aurelia and MMCRU,” added Osterkamp.

“We’ve been brainstorming for several weeks on what we can do to help with this growing problem,’ added Osterkamp.

So this weekend, flyers will go out through the grocery outlets, in addition informational pamphlets will be made available at area high schools.

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