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Suicide prevention and gun violence to be examined Wednesday

A deranged gunman taking the life of a family member is a scenario Amanda Wilcox knows all too well.

In 2001, a suicidal mental patient in Northern California killed her 19-year-old daughter, Laura.

In the years since, Amanda Wilcox and her husband, Nick, have been passionate advocates of gun violence prevention and improved mental health care in California. California’s Laura’s Law that allows for court-ordered assisted outpatient treatment for those with mental health issues was named for the young victim.

Amanda Wilcox will be the featured presenter at a three-hour seminar on prevention of suicide and gun violence at 1 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 12) in the Antelope Valley College Board Room, SSV 151, 3041 W. Ave. K, Lancaster.

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.