Susie Reynolds Reece, Violence Prevention Specialist at Hot Springs, discussed methods of furthering suicide prevention for youths and seniors during Hot Springs National Park Rotary’s weekly lunch meeting at the Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa. Reece’s father died by suicide when she was only 10, she told Rotarians as she stressed the importance of having conversations and building relationships as ways to combat suicide.
Arkansas ranks in the top 10 for states with the highest rate of suicide, Reece said, noting accurate tracking of the ranking is challenging due to the process of obtaining information on the topic. “In 2016, we saw a 50 percent reduction in our suicide rate in Hot Springs due to our tireless efforts, but they don’t end with us,” she said.
Hot Springs President Tony Houston said Reece has been “incredibly successful in raising awareness in the community. We are serving Garland County fairly well now and we’re continuing to find other ways to help Arkansas at large.”