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safeTALK program teaches suicide awareness

Aug. 23 event offers training in spotting suicide warning signs

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A free suicide alertness training class will be offered Aug. 23 by the safeTALK program run under the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. SafeTALK is a community program instructed by the sheriff’s office’s Y.E.S.S. officers, which prepares people 15 and older to identify people with thoughts of suicide and connect them to resources. The Y.E.S.S. program is a partnership between law enforcement, schools and the community to help young people develop life skills.

Organizers will begin serving a dinner at 5 p.m. and training begins at 5:30 p.m., lasting until 8:30 p.m. The class will cover four steps to creating life-saving connections and will help participants learn how to talk about suicide and ultimately, prevent it.

Anyone over the age of 15 is welcome to attend, but the event is not designed for people who have recently experienced a suicide loss. Anyone grieving the death of a loved one to suicide is encouraged to join a support group or visit afsp.org.

The August safeTALK event will be held in the Gateway Mesa Conference Room at Castle Rock Adventist Hospital, 2350 Meadows Blvd. To register for the event, email Phyllis Harvey at pharvey@dcsheriff.net. For questions, call 303-814-7033.

For a full list of safeTALK classes and related programs, visit the sheriff’s office website at dcsheriff.net.

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