VNA workshop aims to prevent suicide |

VNA workshop aims to prevent suicide

— Recognizing the signs of someone who might be suicidal and communicating with them effectively will be the subject of a discussion in Hayden tonight.

Sandy Beran of the Visiting Nurse Association will lead the discussion at 7:30 p.m. at the Hayden Congregational Church, 202 E. Jefferson Ave.

Beran just returned from Denver, where she attended Suicide Insights from a Survivor, a conference where a woman shared her experience with attempting suicide a year after her husband died from Lou Gehrig’s disease.

“She was able to speak from the perspective of someone who considered suicide as an option,” Beran said.

Tonight’s discussion will focus on confronting someone who may be battling depression or considering suicide.

“We will go a little more in depth so people just feel more comfortable talking to someone who is considering that,” Beran said.

People contemplating suicide often confide in friends, family, colleagues and neighbors. Tonight’s discussion is aimed at helping recognize the signs of someone who is considering suicide.

“The way it turns out often is that someone who really is considering suicide doesn’t go to a professional, but they mention it to someone else,” Beran said.

Last summer, several suicides occurred in Routt County, spurring a Town Hall meeting in Steamboat Springs to educate Yampa Valley residents about suicide in hopes of preventing more deaths.

According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environmental statistics, eight people committed suicide in the Yampa Valley last year. Men committed 80 percent of the suicides. Firearms were used in 70 percent of the deaths.

A report produced by Colorado Trust estimated there are 9,600 suicide attempts annually in Colorado. Men ages 35 to 44 accounted for the largest number of deaths. Only one-third of people at risk of suicide visited a medical profession in the past year, according to the report.

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