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Helping you help others

Suicide group offers free training for community members

— If you’ve ever been confronted by a friend or family member threatening suicide and didn’t know what to do or say, you’re not alone.

Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide, a group specializing in educating and supporting those affected by suicide and depression, is presenting a free two-day workshop for anyone wanting to learn how to handle those situations better.

Sara Ross, a suicide prevention coordinator, said the workshop is led by mental health professionals but is designed for lay people interested in learning skills to intervene when someone that might be at risk for suicide and depression contacts them.

Ross said professionals will be helping participants learn to recognize warning signs of depression and suicide, recognize opportunities to help someone in need and reach out and offer support.

This is the third workshop Steamboat Mental Health has provided.

“The idea is that people who are depressed or who feel suicidal don’t always come to a mental health professional for help. Often, they will turn to a trusted friend or family member first and those people need skills to handle that,” Ross said.

However, most people don’t have the skills to handle those situations, she said.

“That can be a very scary moment in someone’s life especially when they end up saying, ‘I don’t know what to do,'” she said. “We’re hoping this workshop will make that experience a little less scary.”

People who want more information about the workshop can call Ross at 879-2141.

Lunch will be provided for participants both days.

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