Tangi’s teen suicide prevention training program was named one of the top 200 finalists for the State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant program.
This year, 100 winning causes will be chosen, giving the program a chance to win a $25,000 grant, said Michelle Gallo, executive director of Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa.
Gallo is asking the community to rally behind the cause and vote to help Tangi Teen Suicide Prevention win the grant.
The grant will enable seven individuals to become trainers who can train others in the community on how to feel more comfortable talking about suicide, how to protect loved ones in times of distress, how to support friends, gain professional skills and peace of mind.
Votes can be cast by visiting quarterassist.com and searching for Tangi Teen Suicide Training Program. Voting is open from Wednesday, April 27 at midnight until Friday, May 6 at 11:59 p.m. Voters can cast up to 10 votes per day each day.
The winners will be announced on June 7.
Suicide is one of the most significant public health issues facing the world today. It has existed throughout history, across all cultures and times, Gallo said.
At any one time, 1 in 25 people are thinking about suicide to some degree. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people aged 15 to 29.
Suicide rarely happens without warning. As peers, students may be in the best position to recognize when a friend might need help and help them get it.
The Tangipahoa Parish Coroner reported 29 suicides in 2021. The Crime Stoppers Juvenile Hotline has reported counseling of seven students with suicidal thoughts so far in 2022.
Suicide prevention resources are scarce in Tangipahoa Parish, Gallo said. There are only two local organizations available to provide services to students with suicidal thoughts. Tangipahoa Parish needs more trained community members to help prevent teenage suicide, she said.
The Louisiana Center for Prevention Resources offers LivingWorks Start training to equip individuals with life-saving skills for people thinking about suicide. This program has been proven to reduce suicidal behavior and save lives by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training.
Suicide is preventable. With the right skills, anyone can help save a life. This training program will give individuals the skills and knowledge to protect their family, friends, colleagues and others from suicide.
For more information, call Tangipahoa Crime Stoppers at 985-662-5557.
Vineyard Road between Pine Crest Drive and Pine Hill Court in Hammond will be closed from Wednesday, April 27 through Thursday, April 28, according to the city streets department.