Editorial: Tackling the sensitive stuff
February 5, 2011
The work of Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide is invaluable to our community. Suicide and depression are topics often difficult to discuss and understand, and the Editorial Board feels lucky REPS is available to educate the community.
It's something no one likes to talk or think about.
However, here in Craig, our community is fortunate to have a dedicated organization that works to push the issue out in the open and educate residents on warning signs.
It's all in the name of prevention and we can't say enough about how important it is.
That organization is known as Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide and the Editorial Board agreed this group should be commended for its work.
We know it's not an easy task tackling an issue as sensitive as suicide, but REPS' work is invaluable to the community.
There are a few community-oriented organizations whose work doesn't overlap at some level, like REPS. And as such, it is easy to see the continued need for the organization in the area.
We hope the funding for REPS and the enthusiasm and dedication possessed by those who sacrifice their time in it never falters.
Ronna Autrey, REPS suicide prevention coordinator, is also to be commended for her efforts, as her position is one that's critical to successful suicide prevention in the area.
There have been a number of recent REPS programs that have continued to impress us in their impact and thoroughness.
Recently, the organization hosted a suicide intervention skills training program that educated residents, educators and health care representatives on helping suicidal people.
Such programs are encouraging to see, especially in the wintertime when many feel the holiday blues and keep inside due to the cold weather.
Even just having the conversation about suicide is an important first step in the process of helping with the issue.
Many people have known someone who has taken their own life. Some might have even considered that unthinkable act.
But, when it comes down to being the person on the other end of the telephone trying to talk someone out of suicidal thoughts, we sometimes simply don't know what to say.
REPS has been spreading the word for some time about how to help with that, and we think it's necessary for the community to listen.