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May events focus on mental health, suicide prevention

‘chance to start some ongoing conversations’


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Jennifer Griffis

— May is Mental Health Awareness Month and a variety of events will be offered to assist the community.

Community “Gatekeeper” Mental Health Prevention Training for any area adult is set for Tuesday, May 10, 6-8:30 p.m. at Real Life Church (behind the Gym, 1005 Highway 13). This will focus on suicide prevention training and will be presented by Judy Gabert, SPAN (Suicide Prevention Action Network of Idaho) In addition, the same training will be offered for primary care providers, appropriate for those who provide mental health/counseling services, Wednesday, May 11, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., also at Real Life.

“This is a chance to start some ongoing community conversations on suicide as well as offer some tips and suggestions for after-care,” explained Jen Griffis of Grangeville, chair of the Idaho Behavioral Health Planning Council.

On Wednesday, May 11, 3:45 to 6 p.m., the training will be offered for school staff and other youth workers at the Grangeville High School library

“This is appropriate for any adults working with youth, including teachers and staff, youth pastors and 4-H leaders,” Griffis said.

A community panel, “Growing our Understanding of Community Mental Health Issues,” will take place Thursday, May 12, 6 p.m., at Grangeville Senior Center.

The panel will consist of several mental health professionals including Dr. Dan Schmidt, Judge Bradbury, Dean Allen, Jessica Chilcott and Griffis

“This is for all adults in the community and it really has the potential to provide great information on statewide, regional and local levels,” Griffis explained. She said a variety of questions will be discussed including where to go for help and what services insurance covers.

Griffis said the panel will also discuss what is going on throughout Idaho as far as mental health provisions.

“This could be a good opening discussion for local action,” she added.

In addition, three video conferences will also take place. They are:

• ”Road Map to Trauma Informed Care.” Broadcast from Boise, this panel discussion is led by Ami Owen and will be held Thursday, May 12, 1:30 p.m.

• ”Introduction to Infant Mental Health” is a videoconference that will be broadcast from Lewiston with Susan Nelson. This is set for Friday, May 13, 11:30 a.m.

• ”Two Voices for Hope and Recovery … A Discussion About Stigma,” will be broadcast from Idaho Falls featuring Logan Zuck and Dr. M. Larson. This will be held Friday, May 13, 1:30 p.m.

All video conferences will be held at the Grangeville Health and Welfare Office, 216 South C Street. RSVP to 1-800-905-3436 or A limited number of sets are available.

Anyone with questions on Mental Health Awareness events can Griffis at 507-1754 or The Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-TALK.


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