The issue of suicide is something that affects people of every income level, age bracket and social group.
The question has long been, “How do we stop it?”
This question isn’t one that has easy answers. Some will say it’s the result of bullying, or mental illness. The fact is there are many different facets when it comes to the problem of suicide, and there is simply no one answer that can fix it.
However, an upcoming community training is an opportunity for people to learn ways to at least help.
The training to be hosted is at the Calvary Chapel Sevier Valley, 130 North Main Street in Richfield, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8 and 9.
The first day of training is for people in a position of first response, including school counselors, emergency room staff and clergy. The four-hour SafeTalk training is designed to give people the tools they need to help those who are in crisis. The SafeTalk course will be held in conjunction with coalition building training. To register for the SafeTalk training, log onto cupcsafetalktraining.eventbrite.com.
The second day of training, which starts at 10:30 a.m., is for anyone who has an interest in stopping suicide.
The training is for both youth and adults, with sessions aimed at those who are 13 to 17 as well as 18 and older.
The Life’s Worth Living Foundation and the Central Utah Prevention Coalition are hosting the “Gateway to Hope” training.
While there is no charge to participate, people are asked to preregister online at gatewaytohope.eventbrite.com.
The QPR training is based on the simple concept that people in crisis need immediate care the same way someone who is in need of CPR does.
QPR is designed to give people the skills they need to diffuse a crisis and help a person get the help they need.