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Tuesday, January 04, 2011.

Suicide prevention and gun violence to be examined Jan. 12

Prevention of suicide and gun violence will be the subject of a 1 p.m. Jan. 12 presentation in the Antelope Valley College Board Room, SSV 151, 3041 W. Ave. K, Lancaster featuring Amanda Wilcox.

Wilcox is the mother of Laura Wilcox, a 19-year-old college student who was murdered in 2001 by a suicidal mental patient who resisted his family’s attempt to seek treatment. California’s Laura’s Law that allows for court-ordered assisted outpatient treatment was named for the young victim.

Since the death of her daughter, Amanda Wilcox, along with her husband, Nick, have been advocates of gun violence prevention and improved mental health care in California.

The presentation, sponsored by the college’s staff development program, is free and open to the public.

Suicide is the leading preventable cause of death among teens and adults under 40 in the United States, according to event organizer Dr. Robert Harris, a counselor at the college.

Wilcox is expected to share data and information regarding gun violence, access to firearms by young people, and measures that can be used to keep people safe.

Wilcox is president of the Nevada County/Sacramento Valley chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and a member of the Nevada County Suicide Prevention Task Force.