Antrim Grapevine hosting suicide-prevention training Dec. 11

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 12/3/2021 5:11:04 PM

Antrim Grapevine is hosting its second suicide-prevention training Saturday, Dec. 11, a key component in building up what Director Melissa Gallagher called the community’s “safety net.”

“Everyone plays a role in supporting others,” Gallagher said. “And this training sort of takes that next step in supporting.”

Offered in partnership New Hampshire’s chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and sponsored by support from the David Day Memorial Foundation, the four-hour workshop will take place via Zoom from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

“We know it will be really effective and will certainly serve as a way to connect people and open up conversation around suicide prevention,” said Gallagher. 

The training will include a PowerPoint presentation, according to Gallagher, but it will also be “conversational and interactive,” and will center on recognizing signs and symptoms of suicide risk and what people can do to help support people in that mental place.

“It will invite conversation; it will invite questions and scenario-playing,” she said. 

Grapevine’s previous suicide-prevention workshop was in early 2020, pre-pandemic. Since then, Gallagher said she and Community Center Coordinator Jacqueline Roland have been trained to administer the workshop directly.

Last time the workshop was held, registration filled up quickly, Gallagher said. There was even a wait list, and she said she hopes some of those people who weren’t able to attend the previous workshop will be able to do so this time. 

“This specific training is designed and geared toward what we call ‘gatekeepers,’” Gallagher said. “All of us are really gatekeepers in our community – anyone who cares about mental health and wants to feel better informed and educated can take this training.”

As such, anybody is welcome to attend the training. Gallagher said that the past workshop drew parents and grandparents, community volunteers and people from all walks of life. 

“It’s not just a youth mental health issue, either,” she said, and the workshop will not focus specifically on youth risk factors like some programs do.

Gallagher said she was excited to bring the program to the Antrim community.

“This is so closely aligned with our mission as an organization to really bring as much as we can in terms of supports to our families and communities,” she said. “It makes so much sense, of course, that we would be offering a training like this to people who really care about this issue, who care about mental health.”

And she said she hopes that it will achieve its goals.

“Hopefully people leave feeling like they have more in their toolbox that can help people who are really struggling,” Gallagher said.

The program is free, and open to those 18 and up. Due to limited space, people interested in attending are asked to register in advance by calling 603-588-2620 or by emailing admin@grapevinenh.org.


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