AGH, Memorial Fund Partner On Suicide Discussion

BERLIN — Atlantic General Hospital, in partnership with the Jesse Klump Memorial Fund, is hosting a discussion about depression and youth suicide at the Ocean Pines library on Wednesday, May 29, at 6 p.m. There is no charge to attend.

“We teach suicide prevention first aid,” said Kim Klump, whose fund operates the Worcester County Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention Program. “But real suicide prevention should start before it is a crisis, by treating depression when it first appears.”

Suicide rates in Worcester County, among people of all ages, have historically been higher than both state and national rates.

“Like any other disease, depression, when diagnosed early, can be treated more effectively. The treatment will pay dividends for the rest of one’s life,” Klump continued.

Dr. Kenneth Widra, a psychiatrist in Atlantic General Hospital’s Behavioral Health Department, will speak along with counselor Paul Ganster, LCSW-C about recognizing, understanding and treating depression in young people.

Joann Bailey, program director for the suicide prevention program, will talk about the signs of suicide and the steps that anyone can take to save a life.

“Teens develop at his/her own pace. Genetics and environment frequently play a role in their acceptance by peers,” Ganster said. “Teens dealing with depression may feel isolated and unaccepted by their families and their peers. When you combine normal adolescent development with depression, peer problems, family problems and academic problems, a teen can be overwhelmed and not know where to turn.”

For more information about the event, visit (News and Announcements tab) or call Joann Bailey at 443-614-7992.

About The Author: Steven Green

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The writer has been with The Dispatch in various capacities since 1995, including serving as editor and publisher since 2004. His previous titles were managing editor, staff writer, sports editor, sales account manager and copy editor. Growing up in Salisbury before moving to Berlin, Green graduated from Worcester Preparatory School in 1993 and graduated from Loyola University Baltimore in 1997 with degrees in Communications (journalism concentration) and Political Science.