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By Victoria Fowler
Gazette Reporter 

Suicide prevention:

Task force focuses on resiliency during COVID-19


COLFAX – In the fall of 2019, a countywide community-based task force was established to build resiliency within communities, educate and train community members to identify early-on common mental health issues, develop effective interventions and responses to suicidal crisis and provide support after a death by suicide.

“We see the wake of trauma that follows suicide,” said Annie Pillers, Whitman County coroner. “We decided to reach out broadly to help the community.”

She said when the task force was formed they realized the first people to notice something may be wrong are the n...

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