2018 News Releases

Facebook executive to provide testimony at Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force meeting Tuesday in Wichita

Release Date: Sep 20, 2018

TOPEKA – (September 20, 2018) – A representative from Facebook will be among those providing testimony to the Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force which will meet Tuesday in Wichita.

Antigone Davis, Director and Global Head of Safety for Facebook, will discuss the social media platform’s efforts to address cyber bullying and its effects on youth suicide. Other speakers will include representatives from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration, the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services and the Governor’s Behavioral Health Services Planning Council.

The group, formed by the Tower Mental Health Foundation and Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, will meet on Tuesday, September 25, beginning at 9 a.m. at Wichita State University – Old Town Location, 238 N. Mead, Harvester Room. The meeting is open to the public.

A copy of the tentative agenda for this meeting is available at http://bit.ly/2PMX6wI.

Schmidt and the Tower Foundation’s chairman, Dr. Walt Menninger, announced the formation of the group in June. The group will survey and report on efforts already underway in Kansas to counter youth suicide and recommend further steps to address the situation.

Additional meetings are scheduled for this fall in Overland Park, Dodge City and Topeka. Details about all upcoming task force meetings, including opportunities to submit written testimony or to testify at one of the meetings, can be found at www.ag.ks.gov/ysptf or by calling (800) 828-9745. All persons with information about youth suicide-prevention efforts in Kansas are encouraged to testify.


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