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Local suicide prevention group launches website

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

A local coalition launched a new website Tuesday as part of its suicide prevention campaign.

The Adams County Suicide Coalition is a group made up of local human service organizations, schools and citizens. Officials said the new website was created with the help of a grant from the Tracy Foundation.

"The website provides helpful information about depression and suicide, what to do if you, a family member, or friend is struggling with suicidal thoughts, and what mental health resources are available in the area,” Transitions of Western Illinois director of development and member of the coalition Barb Baker Chapin said. “We hope people will visit acsuicideprevention.org."

We believe it will be a great resource for residents of the area.

Youth suicides in the Tri-States have become a big concern over the past few years. See our series on local, teen suicides here.

“The Coalition’s mission is very simple, but very important,” said Baker Chapin, “when we can talk openly and directly about suicide, we can provide information that can increase the public’s awareness of this tragedy and prevent it.  This, very simply, is the coalition’s goal.”

Officials said the Adams County Suicide Prevention Coalition was founded by Transitions of Western Illinois and Blessing Health System. It now includes the Quincy Public and Parochial school systems, John Wood Community College, the Adams County Mental Health Partnership and numerous social service agencies.

Click here to view the new website. Anyone interested in supporting the coalition's efforts can contact Baker at 217-223-0413.

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