MOUNT VERNON — Tickets are still available for the upcoming annual celebration of NAMI Knox Licking County at which Dr. John Ackerman, Suicide Prevention Coordinator of Nationwide Children’s Hospital Center for Suicide Prevention and Research (CSPR), will be the keynote speaker. Ackerman directs community, school, and hospital efforts to educate others about the risks and warning signs of pediatric suicide at CSPR. The event is set for Thursday, at the Gallagher Centre, 1451 Gambier Road, Mount Vernon, at 5:30 p.m.

Dennis Murray, former Knox County Health Commissioner will be part of the program and speak to his journey of recovery while living with a mental health disorder.

Addressing youth suicide issues is timely with the attention given to the recent Netflix mini-series “13 Reasons Why” and that suicide has emerged as the second leading cause of death for children ages 10-19 years old in the United States. It is a proven statistic that one in six teens has seriously contemplated suicide in the past year. The CSPR has many blog posts for parents and families, on myths surrounding depression and suicide, self-injury and how to talk with children about these difficult topics, as well as resources for treatment and recovery.

The event is cosponsored by Mental Health and Recovery Licking Knox Counties and NAMI KLCO. Reservations may be made through Monday by calling 740-397-3088, 740-504-1004, or emailing


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