The KYDS Coalition has been awarded a $10,000 grant to set up a new program called Broome Cunty Suicide Awareness for Families and Educators, or B.C. SAFE to educate, provide awareness and resouces to the community toward the goal of preventing suicide in the Southern Tier.KYDS Coalition Project Specialist, Melinda Kmetz, speaking on the February 16th edition of the WNBF local public affairs show, Southern Tier Close Up, says  suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15 to 24 year olds.

Kmetz says everyone should be aware of warning signs, like more sleeping, mood changes, talking about uselessness or about being a bother to people.  Other warning signs include withdrawal, loss of interest in hobbies and other favorite activities and, of course, actual talk about the person killing themselves.

Kmetz says there are numerous support mechanisms in place to help, including a special section on facebook. Help is also available, 24-hours a day by calling 1-800-273-TALK.

Southern Tier Close Up airs Saturdays at 12:10 p.m. on News Radio 1290 WNBF.

More information on how to schedule a presentation by the KYDS Coaltion is available by calling Melinda Kmetz at (607) 778-1146. Information is also available on-line at www.KYDScoalition.com or www.KYDScoaltion.org.