County Receives Grant to Target Suicide Prevention

Updated: May 29, 2019 06:25 PM

St. Louis County has received a grant to target suicide prevention. Leaders made the announcement in Virginia near the shores of Bailey's Lake.

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The grant is $80,000 a year for four years, and is coming from the Minnesota Department of Health. "We were the only grantee to receive this," shared Josh Gorham, Public Health Program Coordinator for St. Louis County.

They are calling it Thrive Range, and it will be focused on three segments. One is the healthcare system. Another is the schools. And a third is the community.

You can now check out a free website which has resources for different mental health issues.

Suicide is something that touches the northern part of the county even more so than the Duluth-area, according to the statistics. 

"I've heard the conversation change from folks talking about things that need to happen to folks saying, what can we all do in our classrooms, our homes, and our community, to prevent suicide," shared Cassandra Hainey, Executive Director of Volunteers in Education. "This isn't somebody else's problem. This is our problem."

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