Prevention training, balloon display highlight Suicide Prevention and Awareness Week.

 Suicide Prevention and Awareness week began on Sept. 9. Laramie County Community College’s Counseling and Campus wellness is promoting the awareness week by putting balloons and signs around campus on Sept. 10 and by offering a prevention training on Sept. 14.

Suicide prevention training will be offered on campus on Friday, Sept. 14. There will be two trainings:  one for students from 10 a.m. to noon and one for faculty and staff from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Both trainings are being held in the Pathfinder building in Room 409.

To sign up for training, contact Amanda Brown, Campus Health and Wellness Center coordinator,  by 5 pm on Sept. 13 via email at ambrown@lccc.wy.edu or call (307) 778-4397.

The training, QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer), is being offered by LCCC Campus Wellness and Grace for 2 Brothers. This training is to help both students and employees learn how to talk to someone who displays concerning behavior,, to help recognize the warning signs of suicide and how to refer support to those in need.

Balloon displays were spread out across the LCCC campus on Sept. 9 to represent the lives lost in Wyoming to suicide in 2017.

Resources for how to help someone, crisis lines and community support contacts were provided with the balloon displays.

Currently, Wyoming ranks third in the United States for the number of suicides per capita, with 144 lives lost in 2016 and 157 lives lost in 2017.

Suicide Awareness Week began on Sept. 9 and ends on Sept. 15. Throughout the week, LCCC Counseling and Campus Wellness is raising awareness with not only the balloon displays but a suicide prevention training for faculty and students.

About Courtney Walston (4 Articles)
Courtney Walston, a third-year student studying Mass Media at Laramie County Community College, hopes to someday become a photographer for National Geographic. Walston has already earned one degree from LCCC in Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts. Walston was the senior editor of the East High School newspaper her senior year and was involved with yearbook as well. She enjoys photography and frequently shares her work on her website, Instagram and Facebook. Walston is an active member of Phi Theta Kappa, the honors society at Laramie County Community College, and retains a position on the Honors In Action team. She’s hoping to utilize the leadership experience she’s gained from this position to assist Wingspan. Walston is a semi-professional photographer that is aspiring to transfer to the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia and receive a bachelors in Fine Art Photography. She also likes to her call herself a cat lady; as she has 3 cats at home and loves all of them dearly. To contact Walston, email her at cwphotography20@yahoo.com or follow her on Twitter @Courtney42158656. Walston’s portfolio website is www.cwalstonphotography.wixsite.com/cwphotography.

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