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VIDEO: Wages Brewing Company donates to BHC Suicide PreventionOzark Radio News

West Plains, MO- Wages Brewing Company held a special brewing party in February to raise funds for the upcoming Ozarks Healthcare Behavioral Health Center (BHC) suicide prevention event. To help raise awareness about suicide prevention and de-stigmatize mental health, BHC invites Kevin Hines, award-winning mental health and suicide prevention activist and keynote speaker, to the West Plains Civic Center on Tuesday, March 22.

Pictured from left to right: Myriah Wallace, Phil Wages, Karen Yarbrough and Tianna Niesen

Phil Wages, owner of Wages Brewing Company, donated $222 to help defray the costs of bringing Hines to West Plains. Wages made a special drink called “We Miss You, Cornell” Pale Ale in honor of Audioslave and Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who struggled for many years with mental health issues and committed suicide on May 18, 2017.

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The Ozarks Healthcare BHC will provide two opportunities for its community to hear Hines speak for free on March 22. The first session will take place in the morning and is reserved for schools and college students in the region. The second session is free and open to the public at 6 p.m. in the West Plains Civic Center theater located at 110 Saint Louis St. in West Plains. Spacing is limited due to COVID-19. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged to guarantee your place. Register in advance online at

Local health experts from the BHC of Ozarks Healthcare will be present at the event. Ozarks Healthcare has been and will continue to closely monitor the current COVID-19 situation and follow the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), medical personnel and other community partners. If you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19, you should stay home. Masks and social distancing are strongly encouraged. For more information, call 417-257-6762.

If you are having an immediate crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline toll free 800-273-8255 – Available 24/7. It’s 1-800-273-TALK.

For mental health issues, community members are still encouraged to call a 24-hour helpline available at 1-800-356-5395 in Missouri and 1-888-274-7472 in Missouri. ‘Arkansas.

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