Coalition creates suicide prevention committee

By Kayla Hawthorne - Special to the Sentinel

POMEROY — The Meigs County Community Prevention Coalition created a suicide prevention subcommittee during its meeting on Wednesday afternoon.

The subcommittee, which will be chaired by Meg Dunfee, comes after the concern of increases in suicide death in Meigs County in recent months. Dunfee is a concerned citizen of the county and comes from a family that has dealt with the loss of loved ones to suicide. The subcommittee wants to work with local agencies to create resources that can reduce the risk of suicide. The suicide prevention group will begin meeting soon and the date and time will be announced later.

The coalition welcomed guest speaker Tracy Plouck from Ohio University. Plouck works for a health alliance to be a resource for communities in mental health and addition. The alliance builds relationships with local governments and agencies to provide trainings and resources. The resources available to local organizations include research and quality improvement; health education and workforce development; policy analysis and development; and coalition development training and maintenance.

In the committee reports, the coalition agreed to dissolve the long-standing sub-committees—including the program committee and outreach committee. The coalition decided that in the coming months they will create new sub-committees that are focused on events and ideas—such as the Fair Prevention Day.

In August, the coalition said they had a “Lunch and Learn” event on Sept. 26 for businesses to receive training on Narcan. The event is being rescheduled for November, according to Courtney Midkiff with the Meigs County Health Department. The health department will provide a 15 minute training for anyone who is interested. After completing the training, the health department will give the trainee a supply of Narcan to use in case of emergencies.

In the agency sharing and updates,

-Reggie Robinson with Health Recovery Services said that Red Ribbon Week is Oct. 23 – 31. Local schools will be celebrating the drug-free awareness week with various activities.

Robinson also said October is Bullying Awareness Month and Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Month.

-Courtney Midkiff said the flu shot clinics will be Oct. 5 at the Meigs County Fairgrounds and Oct. 30 at the court house.

Midkiff also reminded everyone of the upcoming 2020 Census. Employees are currently out verifying addresses. Midkiff noted that these employees should be identifiable with Census badges and laptops.

The next meeting for the Meigs County Community Prevention Coalition is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 17 at noon at the Emergency Operations Center.

By Kayla Hawthorne

Special to the Sentinel

Kayla Hawthorne is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing.

Kayla Hawthorne is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing.