September is National Suicide Prevention Month and in Monroe County the Suicide Prevention Coalition is planning the 5th Annual Awareness Event. This event will take place on Saturday, September 12th at 5:30 pm on the steps of the Monroe County Court House. There will be a reading of the Proclamation, music, prayer, and a time for reflection. Jess Hoff will be the guest speaker, along with music by Savanna Burke. Suicide is a leading cause of violent death in the United States today. Since 2000, Monroe County has lost 47 residents to suicide, which is an average of 3 per year. The mission of the Monroe County Suicide Prevention Coalition is to educate the public on how to recognize the signs and symptoms of depression and mental illness in the attempt to reduce the number of suicidal deaths.
It might be surprising to know that the highest risk group is middle aged men, but it can happen at any age. Depression is a major factor, so please stay in touch with your family, friends, and neighbors. Our “Save A Number Save A Life” campaign encourages EVERYONE to put the crisis hot line number, 1-800-354-4357, in their cell phone. You never know when you might need it for a loved one or friend. You can be the one who makes all the difference in someone’s life! Your interest in their well being just might be what they need. Our message this year is “I Make A Difference”. Wrist bands will be distributed during this year’s event along with showing the Acknowledgement Video “Who I Am Makes A Difference”. Please come and join us on September 12th to spread awareness about an illness that does have a cure.
If you would like to know more about suicide prevention, have a speaker attend your group meeting, would like materials to distribute, or are interested in joining the coalition contact Linda Masters at the Monroe County Health Department, 740-472-1677, ext 201.
Food Service Classes
Are you concerned about the flu!
Need a Flu Shot?
Vaccine is available!
Please call for an appointment
740-472-1677 ext 202
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Food Safety/Person In Charge (PIC) Training
The Food Safety Program of Monroe County Health Department offers workshops on food safety. Each class is designed to promote proper food handling procedures to prevent food borne illnesses. Advanced registration must be made to attend.
Workshop I: “Person-In-Charge” Length: 2 Hours
The Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code requires that all food facilities have a person in charge (PIC) working at all times. To be a PIC, an employee should understand food safety procedures that relate to the operation. This class will teach food safety principles necessary to be a PIC.
Where: Monroe County Senior Center
When: 2nd Tuesday of every month 1:30—4:00
Contact: Brian Griffin R.S or John Shreve R.S 740-472-1677
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Are you concerned about the Flu?
The Monroe County Health Department is working to prepare the county for the flu season.
First and most important: wash your hands! Try to stay in good health. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage our stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food. Try not to touch surfaces that may be contaminated with the flu virus. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
There are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza.
Call Karen if you have questions at 740-472-1677 ext 202
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