Western Wyoming Community College is proud to join with several other community organizations this week to present Sweetwater Suicide Prevention Awareness Week Sept. 19 – 23.
Activities to be held at the College as part of this important outreach effort include: T-Rex Tuesday Open Mic Night Music and Poetry Slam, on Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the Atrium; QPR Suicide Prevention Training, provided by Sweetwater County Prevention, on Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 12 – 2 p.m., 4 – 6 p.m., and 7 – 9 p.m. at the Rock Springs campus; and the Suicide Prevention “Glow” “Walk for Life, on Friday, Sept. 23, from 8 – 9:30 p.m. at Western’s Walking Track.
Other local events this week include a presentation of the Suicide Awareness play “Chimes,” on Monday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Rock Springs Elk Lodge, and the “Inspired for Life” Wine and Painting event, held on Thursday, Sept. 22, from 7 – 9 p.m. at Holy Communion Episcopal Church in Rock Springs.
The Open Mic Night will feature musical and spoken-word performances and is free and open to the community. Usually, Western features T-Rex Tuesdays on the first Tuesday of each month, but this special Sept. 20 event is being held in conjunction with Sweetwater Suicide Prevention Awareness Week.
QPR (Question, Prevent, Refer) Suicide Prevention Training teaches individuals how to recognize the signs of someone in crisis, how to handle an intervention on behalf of that person, and how to refer that individual to professional help. The QPR mission is to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical, and proven suicide prevention training. This training is also provided to Western’s Resident Assistants during RA training each year.
Wednesday’s three sessions will take place on the Rock Springs campus, in Room 1302 at 12 – 2 p.m. and 4 – 6 p.m., and in Room 1309 at 7 – 9 p.m. No registration is necessary to participate.
The “Inspired for Life” Wine and Painting event will provide an enjoyable evening of artistic work, focusing on positive themes of living, thriving and overcoming obstacles. To sign up, contact Cassie Crumpton at (307) 389-7364.
Finally, the Suicide Prevention “Glow” Walk for Life will honor those people who’ve been lost to suicide and show support for their surviving loved ones or for anyone who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide. Participants will be provided with glow sticks and will shine through the darkness together as they walk along the path at Western.
Western Wyoming Community College, its faculty, and its Support, Disability & Counseling (SDC) Center are pleased to join with Wyoming Humanities Council members, the First Congregational Church, Actor's Mission, Sweetwater County BOCES, Holy Communion Episcopal Church, and the Episcopal Suicide Prevention Connection to host these important and inspirational events in support of Sweetwater Suicide Prevention Awareness Week.
For more information, contact Crumpton or Assistant Professor of Spanish Nish Goicolea at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (307) 382-1798.