The amount of community engagement over youth suicide awareness in the county is growing.

The Point in Time Centre for Children and Parents invited Doctor Ian Manion to Haliburton last week to speak to a crowd of over 100 people, mostly parents and concerned residents.

That was more than double the approximately 45 attendees at a seminar in October.

Manion is the Director of Youth Research at the Royal Insititute of Mental Health in Ottawa and says all communities have unique strengths to deal with youth mental health.

One question Manion was asked is how parents can have a conversation with their children about their state of mind.

He suggests going for a car ride and being a good listener.

Point in Time Executive Director Marg Cox added she was thrilled to see a large crowd and says the conversation will continue in 2018.