Hickory – Learn about depression and suicide in older adults with the Geriatric and Adult Mental Health Specialty Team from Vaya Health on Monday, April 16 from 10am to 12pm at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library. In this session, risk factors, statistics, suicide response and keys to prevention will be discussed.

Elderly suicide rates are higher than the national average. One out of four older adults who attempt suicide die; in comparison, one out of every 100-200 young people who attempt suicide dies. Ninety percent of people age 65 and older who attempt suicide have some kind of diagnosable psychiatric disorder. Every day, eighteen elderly persons commit suicide. The team of Vaya Health professionals can help older adults and families learn the signs of suicidal behavior and how to get help.

The program is free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required. You may register online at http://hickorync.gov/content/library, click on Library Events and choose the “Depression and Suicide in Older Adults” program to reserve your seat. You may also register by calling 828-304-0500 ext. 7235.

Contact hours for professionals and students are available upon request at the program.

Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 3rd St. NE on the SALT Block. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday.