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Engaged audience participates in suicide awareness training

Participants share stories, queries about a deeply local issue

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

One of the many messages that resonated during a Community Suicide Awareness Training seminar Tuesday was expressed by Craig Thornhill and several others in attendance: If in doubt, speak.

“When in doubt, call,” said Thornhill, program director for Mind Springs Health, in Craig. “Period. Across the board. Call.”

Moffat County United WayMoffat County United Way and and Reaching Everyone Preventing SuicideReaching Everyone Preventing Suicide partnered to offer the training on Tuesday at the Clarion Inn & Suites in Craig. The training was free, and about 75 people attended. Attendees included a cross-section of professionals and residents who provided observations about their contact, direct and indirect, with suicide. partnered to offer the training on Tuesday at the Clarion Inn & Suites in Craig. The training was free, and about 75 people attended. Attendees included a cross-section of professionals and residents who provided observations about their contact, direct and indirect, with suicide.

Moffat County United Way and Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide partnered to offer the training on Tuesday at the Clarion Inn & Suites in Craig. The training was free, and about 75 people attended. Attendees included a cross-section of professionals and residents who provided observations about their contact, direct and indirect, with suicide.

Meghan Francone, executive director of REPS, led much of the session. She received help from Molly Fiore, program director of SpeakUp ReachOut, the suicide prevention coalition of Eagle County; Norm Rimmer, school resource officer with the Craig Police Department; and Amanda Arnold, executive director of the Moffat County United Way.

The Mine Springs Health crisis line is 888-207-4004. The REPS crisis line is 970-846-8182 and the National Suicide Hotline is 800-273-8255.

Readers can expect extended coverage of the issue in this week’s Saturday Morning Press.


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