Suicide intervention program hosting Thursday night event

The Hope Squad, a suicide intervention and prevention program coordinated by Ivy Tech Community College and IUPUC, will host a free event Thursday night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Columbus Learning Center as part of National Suicide Prevention Week.

Trisha Palencer, Director of Clinical Services at Life Recover Center, will be the featured speaker during the event. The presentation is free and you are invited.

Organizers say the Hope Squad is a peer-to-peer program designed to train students how to provide outreach to fellow students in distress with a direct connection to the local mental health system.