Program seeks to prevent youth suicide CENTRAL -- Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

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January 04, 1993|By CINDY PARR

Youth suicide is an issue that should not be shoved under the carpet.

In this day and time, there are many pressures that face our youth. These may sometimes become too much for a young person to handle.

Unfortunately, these pressures may lead a young person to HTC contemplate or even attempt suicide.

Here in Carroll County, the Suicide Prevention Program, which is administered and monitored by the Mental Health Bureau of the Carroll County Health Department, is ready to help.

"The Suicide Prevention Program is funded by the Carroll County government and has been in place for six years," said Howard Held, director of the county's Mental Health Bureau.

The program's target population is people under the age of 21 who are believed to be in a life-threatening situation.

If you know a young person who could benefit from this program, don't hesitate. Call the Carroll County Health Department at 876-4750 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

If you need to reach the service on weekends or holidays, call the Emergency Operations Center at 911.

Make note that young people, anywhere in Maryland, can reach a crisis counselor 24 hours a day by calling the statewide hot line number, 1-800-422-0009.

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Feel like tappin' your toes or slappin' your knees? Well, there's a Carroll County Western Square Dance just for you.

Beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday in the William Winchester cafetorium, the Gingham Squares and the Westminster Recreation Council will sponsor the dance, featuring a variety of country and western steps.

The Gingham Squares are a Westminster-based square and round dance club that has been meeting for 30 years.

Mark Hemler, who will be calling the dance, said, "We will be doing some country western line dancing, introductory square dancing and demonstrations for round dancing."

Mr. Hemler will be joined by Deb Barbe, who will do the line dance instruction and the round dance queuing.

The dance is open to all ages. Admission is $2.50. Under 18 years is $1.25.

Refreshments will be served and it is suggested that comfortable attire be worn.

Information: 526-6620.

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One of America's funniest playwrights will be brought to the stage this weekend when Westminster High School presents Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs." Simon's humorous autobiographical script, depicting his life as a teen-ager growing up in New York, will be performed Thursday, Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the school's auditorium.

Admission is $3. Senior citizens are admitted free. Information: 848-5050.

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Next Monday, Carroll County Public Library in Westminster will begin taking registration for its Winter Storytime Programs.

On Jan. 25, Almost Storytime will begin for children ages 2 1/2 years to 3. Children must be accompanied by a parent.

On Jan. 26, Preschool Storytime for 3- 4- and 5-year-olds will begin.

On Jan. 28, Time for Two, a story time for 24- to 30-month-olds with parent, will begin.

These programs are free, seven-week sessions, designed to be the first literature experiences for preschool children.

To register, call 848-4250.

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