CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — September has been deemed Suicide Prevention Month in the State of Texas.
State Representative Tood Hunter is taking on a proactive role in suicide prevention. He's one of the sponsors for House Bill 3980. The bill requires experts to take a more comprehensive, strategic approach to suicide prevention. Representative Hunter has joined forces with local educators in Corpus Christi.
He'll be hosting a Suicide Prevention Symposium next week to discuss state wide and local efforts.
"The first thing is... let's start talking about it. I mean the more we shine light in the darkness, the better things get," said Rep. Hunter.
<DR. CISSY REYNOLDS-PEREZ - ASSITANT SUPERINTENDENT WEST OSO ISD: "We are going to make strides here in the state of Texas.because here in the state of texas, unfortunately, the rate of suicide is larger than the national rate," said Dr. Crissy Reynolds-Perez, Assistant Superintendent for West Oso ISD.
The symposium is Monday, September 9th at Del Mar's Economic Development Center. It's free and open to the public.