SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Officials at Evangel University are reaching out to those who feel hopeless.
Friday, the school hosted a seminar called “Compassion for the Suicidal Soul.”
Local counselors, church leaders and even school counselors were invited to the seminar.
The goal of the seminar was to help participants understand just how many people are affected by suicide and to give them the tools to help someone who is dealing with suicidal thoughts.
Donna Washburn, the director for the Evangel Center for Compassion says suicide rates across the country have increased more than 30 percent over the past two decades.
“So the counseling program and the center for compassion, we like to offer trainings for the community on relevant topics and this just stood out to us as something that is a true epidemic,” Washburn said.
“Oh, I think all of us need to be educated, not just professionals. but it’s becoming such an epidemic, and it touches so many people in so many ways,” Robert Paul, with Focus on the Family, said.
The seminar was cut short because of the weather and will resume in early April.