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Garland Co. organization speaks out against suicide
Garland Co. organization speaks out against suicide

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The Garland County Suicide Prevention Coalition is hosting an event that will promote local artists and raise awareness for a silent but deadly disease that is affecting millions across America. 

The United Way of Garland County and the Arkansas Department of Health is hosting Hot Springs' first Suicide Prevention Art Exhibition Showcase. In 2014, Garland County was reportedly rated as the 3rd highest suicide county in Arkansas. On March 10, officials with the "Cracked, Not Broken Suicide Prevention Conference" are hoping to decrease those numbers. 

On March 10, the Garland County Suicide Prevention Coalition will present internationally recognized speaker Kevin Hines, who after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder of the age of 19 jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge, to speak about how he continues to fight the mental battle. He is one of only 34 to survive the fall, and the only one to regain full physical mobility. 

The event will also include a panel of local mental health professionals who will hold a Q&A and be involved in breakout sessions so attendees can learn suicide prevention skills.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 3-9, artists can drop-off their submissions. The winners will be announced on March 10 at National Park College. 

For more info, contact Susie Reece at (501) 249-9578 or Billie Holsomback at (501) 321-2811.

You can also visit the Suicide Prevention Garland County Arkansas page