Suicide prevention training is Nov. 6-7 in Powell

— October 25, 2013

(Press release) Wyoming’s suicide rate was worst in the nation in 2012. The verdict is still out on the state’s standing in 2013, but it isn’t looking good. Suicide prevention training is key to reducing this rate, saving friends and family from untold grief.

Community Prevention Professional Tauna GroomSmith will provide certified training in “safeTalk” as a tool for volunteers to help identify potential suicide victims and to connect them to first aid resources. The training will be held Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 6 and 7 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Northwest College’s Orendorff Building, Room 115. Certification is available to those who participate both nights.

Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help to stay safe, yet many do not find individuals who recognize the seriousness of the problem, nor do they know what to do to get effective assistance. “safeTalk” trainees are better able to move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss or avoid suicide and truly help others in need.

The $20 training cost includes materials provided. Pre-registration is requested to make sure sufficient materials are on hand, but walk-ins will certainly be welcomed. Sign up at www.MoreLearningFun.net or call Powell Valley Community Education at (307) 754-6469.

PVCE programs are a result of a Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) agreement between Northwest College and Park County School District Number One.

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