July 30, 2014

Medina
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Contest seeks way to prevent teen suicide

MEDINA — A local mental health center hopes to curb suicide in Medina County with a video contest aimed at middle and high school students.

Students involved must be between the sixth and 12th grades. They should make a one or two-minute video on suicide prevention, including information on warning signs, how to act if someone is suicidal and resources on where to get help.

The winner and his or her school will get a $1,000 prize each.

Contest entries are due Nov. 30. They should be put on a DVD and mailed to Christy Rickbrodt at Alternative Paths, 246 Northland Drive, Suite 200A.

A Medina County Community Needs Assessment survey, conducted last year by Living Well Medina County, found 17 percent of the county’s sixth- through 12th-graders and 20 percent of ninth- through 12th-graders have “seriously considered attempting suicide.”

“It’s a really challenging time for youth,” Alternative Paths CEO Gail Houk said, “so if there’s anything we can do to help, we need to do it.”

For more information on the contest, visit www.alternativepaths.org or call (330) 725-9195.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

For help

The following local and nation agencies are available for anyone considering suicide or for those who know someone who may be considering suicide:

• Alternative Paths, part of the Medina County Coalition for Suicide Prevention, (330) 725-9195, www.alternativepaths.org.

• National Suicide Prevention Hotline, (880) 273-8255, www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

• The Suicide Prevention Education Alliance of Ohio, www.speaneohio.org.

• The Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation, www.ohiospf.org.

• I’m Alive, an online crisis network offering support and live chat at www.imalive.org.