Several suicide prevention programs coming to Riverton and Pavillion

By Joshua Scheer, reporter,

(Fremont County, Wyo.) – There are several suicide prevention-oriented meetings and workshops planned for the next couple weeks throughout Fremont County.

Northern Arapaho Tribal Health Meth/Suicide Prevention Initiative Coordinator Elk Sage said the first event will be on Jan. 18.

The Fremont County Suicide Prevention Task Force will meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pavillion Community United Methodist Church in Pavillion.

Sage said the task force team, as well as any members of the public who choose to attend, will review 2012’s events and deaths. Additionally, the group will hear from Fremont County Prevention Management about the needs assessment that was done last fall, so that plans to address area problems can be made.

A few days later on Jan. 21 and Jan. 22, four SafeTALK  trainings will be held at the Wind River Hotel and Casino entertainment room. Trainings begin at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day. Each session runs for three hours.

SafeTALK programs train individuals in how to speak with people dealing with suicidal thoughts. The program was developed by a Canadian group called LivingWorks.

“Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help to stay safe,” states the group’s website. “Alert helpers know how to use these opportunities to support that desire for safety.”

Space is limit and RSVPs are appreciated. Contact Sage at 840-3797 or; contact Tauna Groomsmith at Fremont County Prevention at 349-4495 or Participants will receive a certificate.