Saginaw County Commission Chairman Michael Webster. (Photo courtesy of Saginaw County)

During the course of their duties as a Saginaw County employee or in their private life, any worker might encounter someone with suicidal thoughts.

Saginaw County Commission Chairman Michael Webster says a special training program will provide an employee three key ways to help that person. The skills include recognizing a call for help, asking the right questions to get more information and suggesting a resource that may help that individual.

Webster told his fellow commissioners, Tuesday, November 19th, six employees have taken the training so far and at least 25-more employees will get the training next year. The training is being offered to all Saginaw County workers, regardless of where they work.

Saginaw County’s emergency dispatchers answered over a thousand calls dealing with suicide last year.