The Save a Life Youth Health Summit was held Saturday to provide education on bullying and suicide prevention and bystander intervention.
The summit also provided an opportunity for attendees to receive CPR certification.
The event took place at the Richmond Hill Teen Center and focused on youth ages 10 to 19, parents and educators.
More than 60 people attended.
The Youth Summit was hosted by several community partners including the Coastal Health District’s Adolescent Health and Youth Development program, Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire, Bryan County Family Connection, XCEL Today, and Innovative Prevention Education of Camden County.
CPR training, suicide prevention training, and educational sessions on bullying prevention and bystander intervention were offered at no cost to participants.
“Our goal was to increase knowledge and bring awareness to topics that are currently impacting our youth as well as educate the community on how to properly perform CPR,” said Ronique Thomas, Coastal Health District’s Adolescent Health and Youth Development Coordinator.
“A host of community partners came together to help put on the event and we had a great turnout,” Thomas added. “We hope to continue to provide this type of educational training in the future.”
The following training was provided:
- Coastal Health District’s Adolescent Health and Youth Development Coordinator, Ronique Thomas; Health Educator for Chatham Health Department, Ekta Patel; and Coastal Health District Emergency Preparedness Training Coordinator & CPR Coordinator, Catina Lumpkin provided CPR training.
- Kelli Anne Gecawich, Prevention Data & Communications Specialist/Prevention Educator and Tamkia Jonas, ICPS-R Prevention Coordinator for the Rape Crisis Center provided educational sessions on bullying prevention and bystander intervention.
- Lena B. Brathwaite Bell, founder and CEO of Innovative Prevention Education provided QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention.