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Next month, the Beckley, Clarksburg and Huntington VA Medical Centers are hosting a joint outreach training event for West Virginia spiritual leaders to learn about veteran suicide prevention.

The workshop will be held Tuesday, July 31st. at the West Virginia Capitol Complex. Called Operation S.A.V.E., the program is a one hour training provided by the VA suicide prevention team. The training focuses on signs of suicide, asking about suicide, validating feelings, encouraging help and expediting treatment.

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  West Virginia University will host a traveling exhibit of 1,100 empty backpacks to represent the number of college students who die of suicide each year.

A news release from the university said the free exhibit will be Tuesday in front of Woodburn Hall from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin held a ceremonial bill signing at the Capitol today for Jamie’s law, a bill that mandates suicide prevention and awareness in West Virginia schools and on college and university campuses.

Along with the governor and state Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano, Michelle Toman addressed those gather at the Capitol for the signing.

Toman is the sister of Jamie Campbell for whom House Bill 2535 is named.