Town and West Hartford Prevention Partnership Offering Suicide Prevention and Narcan Training

West Hartford Town Hall. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Free training sessions will be held on three different dates at Town Hall or the Elmwood Community Center.

By Ronni Newton

Sept. 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day and in recognition and to help save more lives the West Hartford Prevention Partnership (WHPP), in collaboration with the town, will be hosting hosting three free hands-on training sessions during September in Narcan administration as well as “QPR” suicide prevention.

Last year the WHPP conducted a community health survey, which indicate a “lack of really knowing what the resources are” as a key concern among respondents.

QPR Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention training includes learning how to detect warning signs of suicide and how to obtain proper assistance for someone in crisis. The three elements that comprise QPR include:

  • “Question” a person about suicide;
  • “Persuade” the person to get help; and
  • “Refer” the person to an appropriate resource

Narcan. Courtesy photo

The Narcan (naloxon) training addresses how to prevent overdoses and recognize the signs and symptoms of opioid overdose, and how to administer Narcan. The training will include an overview of the Good Samaritan law, and participants will also learn where to find additional information as well as resources.

Those participating in the QPR and Narcan training must be at least 18 years old and should register through this link. A Narcan kit, which includes one box of naloxone (Narcan) with two doses of the nasal spray will be distributed to registrants.

The dates, times, and locations are:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 7, noon-2 p.m. at Town Hall
  • Thursday, Sept. 8, 6-8 p.m. at Town Hall
  • Thursday, Sept. 15, 5-7 p.m. at Elmwood Community Center

More details can also be found on the PDF below.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline established a new three-digit access code in July. Anyone struggling or in crisis can call or text 988 to receive help, and can also visit 988lifeline.org for more information. The three-digit code is available to everyone throughout the United States.

For more information, contact Kelly Waterhouse at 860-561-7575 or Kelly.Waterhouse@westhartfordct.gov.

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