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Susan Gabay shares plans to generate a conversation about suicide and mental illness.

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NAMI Gorge is sponsoring four programs in September, which is National Suicide Prevention Month, to generate a community conversation about the issues tied to someone taking his or her own life.

Following is a brief description of the forums:

• Lorraine Carlstrom, a certified nutritional consultant, will present “How Nutrition Affects Mental Illness” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at One Community Health, corner of 10th and Webber streets in The Dalles. Carlstrom is affiliated with the American Association of Nutritional Consultants and the Western A. Price Foundation, a nonprofit nutrition group. She has taught cooking classes based on nutrient-dense traditional foods and will have samples and brochures available, along with some book recommendations.

• YouthThink and NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) are presenting the 90-minute feature film, “Suicide: The Ripple Effect” on Monday, Sept. 10, which is World Suicide Prevention Day. The showing will be 6 p.m. in the auditorium of The Dalles High School. Kevin Hines takes a journey to better understand the effect of his suicide attempt (over the Golden Gate Bridge) on his family, friends and first responders. Research has shown that for every death by suicide, over 115 people are directly affected. Hines also focuses on inspirational individuals, families and organizations that are using personal pain to help others find the hope they need to heal.

• A community-based presentation on “Talk Saves Lives: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention” takes place Thursday, Sept. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Hood River campus of Columbia Gorge Community College (first floor classroom). Attendees will learn the risk and warning signs of suicide and how together we can work to prevent it. A 17-minute documentary titled “It’s Real: College Students and Mental Health” will be shown that feature the stories of six students from across the country who successfully learned to manage their mental health. Participants will be taught to recognize the warning signs of suicide and how to seek help.

For more information call Susan Gabay, program coordinator, at 541-478-3576 or email Susanbgabay@gmail....

In a moment of crisis, a listening ear can stop a self-destructive impulse, says Susan Gabay, who works tirelessly to encourage a community dialogue about suicide prevention...

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