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Westport Connecticut - Free Suicide Prevention Training Friday September 30 at Westport Library 26 September 2022 ( news )
Westport , state Connecticut ( By Press Release office)
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First Selectwoman Jennifer Tooker announced that the Westport Prevention Coalition is offering a free Suicide Prevention Lunch and Learn for Town employees , elected officials , commissioners , volunteers , and residents on Friday , September 30 from 11 am to 12:30 pm at the Westport Library ( 20 Jesup Road ) . RSVP is required and space is limited . Please register at
www . positivedirections . org/events
Margaret Watt , Director of Pr......evention Services at Positive Directions , will facilitate the evidence - based certificate training , Question - Persuade - Refer ( QPR ) , in recognition of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month .
“Tragically , suicide has been increasing in all age groups , with teens and young adults particularly feeling the impact of the COVID pandemic , ” said Watt . “Each of us likely knows someone struggling with thoughts of suicide - - which means any of us could be the one who intervenes to save a life . That’s why the QPR training is so valuable . ”
Ms . Tooker encourages Town employees and residents to attend this FREE lunch & learn/suicide prevention training to enhance the community ' s ability to support one another .
According to Tooker , "Many are struggling with their mental health . This training offers critical information about what to look for and how to help someone in distress . "
Tooker emphasized the importance of the Westport Prevention Coalition ' s work and invited residents to participate as coalition members . The Westport Prevention Coalition provides a comprehensive approach to education and prevention services for Westport residents of all ages through regular coalition meetings and programming .
To learn more , or to get involved in the Westport Prevention Coalition , go to
www . westporttogether . org/prevention - coalition
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