Health: Willowbrooke at Floyd sets Oct. 18 session on warning signs of youth suicide. Flu shots in Taylorsville Oct. 9, 16.

Health: Willowbrooke at Floyd sets Oct. 18 session on warning signs of youth suicide. Flu shots in Taylorsville Oct. 9, 16.

Willowbrooke at Floyd has organized a free educational event in Polk County to help parents, teachers and families learn more about recognizing the warning signs of adolescent suicide and where to get help, set for Oct. 18 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Van Wert Elementary School.

Joseph Weatherspoon, District Manager of Business Development for Willowbrooke, said he anticipates a good turnout based on last year’s event in Cedartown.

Participants will watch the trailer for “13 Reasons Why,” followed by a roundtable discussion led by counselors and therapists who have worked closely with teens and adolescents and have first-hand experience in treating young people who have suicidal thoughts.

The streaming service Netflix carries the series “13 Reasons Why” and follows teenager Clay Jensen as he tries to understand why his friend and classmate, Hannah Baker, committed suicide. The series has been a popular topic of conversation.

The discussion will feature current regional statistics related to suicide, suicide signs and symptoms to watch for, healthy talking points for parents, teachers, teens and peers, and a question-and-answer session with the panel.

The roundtable discussions and dinner are free, but registration is required. Visit register. For more information, contact Daniel Bevels with Floyd Medical at 706.509.3242.

Floyd Primary Care in Taylorsville will offer flu vaccines to its current patients during two upcoming walk-in flu clinics. The clinics will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 9, and Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 4:30 – 6 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

“We provide this service to make it more convenient for patients to get their flu shot early in the season,” said Dr. Jessica Stepp, Floyd Primary Care physician. “Our goal is to get as many of our patients vaccinated as possible. This year’s flu season is predicted to be as bad as last year. We want to minimize influenza infection and its deadly complications in our community.”

Patients should bring photo identification and their insurance card. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The cost for self-pay patients is $25.

For more information or to make an appointment for other health care needs, call 770.684.8700.

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