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Banner Ironwood, Town of Queen Creek to host community forum on suicide prevention Nov. 30

Post Date:11/28/2017 10:00 a.m.

banner logoBanner Ironwood Medical Center and the Town of Queen Creek will host a joint community forum on suicide prevention and awareness from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30 in the Queen Creek Community Chambers, 20727 E. Civic Parkway.

This free public discussion will include two parts. From 6 to 7 p.m., participants will hear about suicide prevention and awareness in adults from local experts. Following an intermission, a discussion from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. will focus on suicide prevention and awareness in adolescents and teens.

“This isn’t just a problem in our area. Unfortunately, suicide is a concern in many communities across this country. We hope to educate and inform people who live in our local communities about this public health crisis,” said Sharon Lind, CEO of Banner Ironwood Medical Center. “In partnership with the Town of Queen Creek, we’re hoping to prevent one more tragedy from occurring. Banner Health and Queen Creek have wonderful resources to help people, and our goal for this discussion is let the community know that help is available in their own backyard if they ever need it.”

This public forum will include expert panel members, including:

  • Clinical psychologists
  • A primary care doctor
  • A social worker
  • A community church chaplain
  • Local law enforcement & fire departments

"As a community, it is imperative that we are aware of the warning signs and resources to address this important issue,” stated Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney. “We are fortunate to have Banner Ironwood here in Queen Creek, and appreciate the opportunity to bring awareness and education to our residents. We must continue to work together to look out for one another, and hosting this community forum is another opportunity to bring the community together.”

Banner Ironwood Medical Center provides patient care to the San Tan Valley and Queen Creek communities, including emergency services, intensive care, surgery, obstetrics and medical imaging. Banner Ironwood is part of Banner Health, and represents a significant long-term investment in medical excellence for the East Valley. For more information, visit www.BannerHealth.com/Ironwood.

Founded in 1989, the Town of Queen Creek honors the past and embraces the future in being the best place to live and do businesses. With a growing population of 41,200, Queen Creek strives to ensure a high quality of life, promote a strong sense of community, protect residents, and provide world class public service. For more information, visit QueenCreek.org.

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media@bannerhealth.com

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