What is the cause of the rather well-documented cases of suicide in Kane County?

Duane Jarvis, a licensed clinical social worker from Cedar City, will speak on the topic of “Suicide Prevention” in a special presentation on Thursday, October 13 at 6 p.m. at Kanab Middle School.

The talk is sponsored by the Kane County Hospital Foundation, in conjunction with the Southwest Behavioral Health Center.

Attendees will learn about how to notice the warning signs of possible suicide and responding in helpful ways, the risk of suicide and factors unique to southern Utah, the difference between those who attempt and those who complete suicide, and what can be helpful for responding to suicide in the community.

Jarvis works as a therapist and supervisor at Southwest Behavioral Health Center offices in Panguitch, Beaver and Kanab. He also works as a part-time crisis social worker for Valley View Medical Center.

“With a comparatively large number of suicide cases in and around our community, we thought it would be helpful to bring in a speaker who is very knowledgeable on the topic,” said Kathleen Salter, chair of the Kane County Hospital Foundation. “We hope that interested family members, as well as those who just want to learn more about how to prevent these tragedies from happening, will join us Thursday night.”

The Kane County Hospital Foundation, a non-profit, Kanab-based organization, promotes the general health and welfare of the citizens of Kane County by securing financial resources to support Kane County Hospital, providing scholarship programs for high school students, and offering free educational forums for the community.