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Mela Candelario, Kaohi Coordinator of Maui Economic Opportunity Youth Services in Molokai, conducts adult suicide prevention training at MEO in Kaunakakai on Tuesday. — Photo courtesy of MEO

Twenty Molokai residents learned to recognize and respond to signs of suicide in training sessions Tuesday and Wednesday conducted by Maui Economic Opportunity Youth Services.

The four sessions held over the two days at the MOE’s Kaunakakai office covered recognizing the warning signs of suicide, how to provide support to those contemplating suicide and connecting them to services. The content was modeled after suicide prevention sessions held at high schools and colleges across Molokai in April.

The training sessions followed a public meeting on suicide prevention held on July 27, during which some participants expressed interest in the program being taught in schools.

MEO said the next step is to form a Prevent Suicide Coalition group on Molokai in September, which is National Suicide Prevention Month.

Resources available to those considering suicide include:

• National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a 24-hour helpline for people in emotional distress or in a suicidal crisis, (800) 273-8255 (TALK).

• Hawaii Cares, local professionals available 24 hours a day for people in mental health crisis and stress, (800) 753-6879.

• National Crisis Text Line, a 24-hour texting service for people in crisis. Text “ALOHA” at 741-741.

• The Trevor Project, a resource for LGBTQ+ youth. Call (866) 488-7386 (4U-TREVOR), text (202) 304-1200, or chat online at TrevorChat.org.

For more information about MEO’s youth services in Molokai, call (808) 553-5472.

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