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Public Meeting Will Look at Suicide Prevention

Woodstock City Council is looking to get proactive in light of a number of youth suicides in a short period of time.

WOODSTOCK - The City of Woodstock is hosting a public meeting to talk about mental health and suicide prevention.

A number of youth suicides have occurred in Woodstock in the past couple of months and the meeting will look at prevention and possible actions the City can take. Councillor Shawn Shapton made the call for the meeting and has gotten full support from council.

"I just want to thank all of council for their support, certainly this isn't a topic that council would normally get involved in or any municipal government, but I think it is time that we came together and I can tell you that support from City Hall and from council has been phenomenal."

Shapton says they are still working on how the meeting will take place and it will be conducted by professionals.

"At this point we are still creating the invite list, obviously the Canadian Mental Health Association of Oxford will be there, OCYC will be there, we are trying to include several different agencies, I'm hoping the school boards will participate in the evening and that way we can get a large amount of our community out and inform them. The goal of this meeting isn't to say what aren't you doing, the goal of this is to say and show support for how to fix this, how do we move forward positively to correct the problem that is happening in our community. The goal of the meeting is to include the public so they have an understanding of what the agencies are working towards and what they are doing to help these kids find a way and help them understand that they have a much better solution than suicide."

The meeting will take place on May 3rd at the Goff Hall starting at 7 p.m.

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