Counties Get Money To Curb High Youth Suicide Rate

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Crawford and Richland counties are getting a federal grant to curb youth suicides.

The Bucyrus Telegraph Forum reported that the counties rank among the highest in the state when it comes to death rates for those between the ages of 12 and 24.

Crawford and Richland counties will share a $10,000 Garrett Lee Smith grant to fund mental health screenings young people and to educate the public on early warning signs.

The grant is named for the son of former Oregon Senator Gordon Smith. 22-year old Garrett Smith took his own life in September of 2003.

Anyone struggling with suicidal calls can call the national suicide prevention line at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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