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MEO Youth Services members offer anti-suicide messages

Seventh-grader Rylen Muray (right), who attends Iao Intermediate School, and Jaden Takushi, an 11th grader at King Kekaulike High School, participate in a suicide prevention sign waving event. MEO photo

The Maui News

About a dozen members of Maui Economic Opportunityís Youth Services program waved signs last week to bring awareness to suicide prevention, especially among youth.

Rates of Maui County high schoolers who felt hopelessness were seriously considering suicide, made a suicide plan and attempted suicide exceeded statewide and national averages, according to a 2019 survey.

The sign-waving event was organized with the E Ola Hou (To Live Again) Prevent Suicide Maui County Task Force, of which MEO Youth Services is a member, to help bring public awareness of the issue.

Signs like “Tomorrow Needs You,” “Malama Ia ‘Oe Iho — Take Care Of Yourself,” and “Asking for Help Is A Sign of Courage” were waved on Wednesday along Kaahumanu Avenue, fronting the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center, to help mark Suicide Prevention Week, MEO said in a news release.

About a dozen Maui Economic Opportunity’s Youth Services members held up signs Wednesday on Kaahumanu Avenue fronting the Queen Kaëahumanu Center. The sign waving was part of events marking Suicide Prevention Week, which was organized by the E Ola Hou Prevent Suicide Maui County Task Force.

Many of the signs were designed by youth. Officials with Mental Health America of Hawaii and UH-Maui College joined the event.

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