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First Aid for Mental Health topic for April Lunch for the Mind Program

By Eileen Longhi

The Civic Engagement Education Team is pleased to have AnnMarie Heller Cox, Granby Youth Services, present an important community-based suicide prevention program called Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) for the Lunch for the Mind program at the Granby Senior Center on Wednesday, April 8 at 12:30 p.m.  

QPR trains members to be gate keepers whereby they have the skills to identify the signs of someone depressed and suicidal. QPR, like CPR, gives the average community member, without medical or psychiatric background, the skills needed to save a life. Through a grant from the State of Connecticut’s Suicide Prevention Initiative that was launched in 2013, Granby was able to purchase the materials and send a staff member, AnnMarie, to the QPR Facilitator Training to become certified to present the program. AnnMarie is also a Certified School Psychologist with 18 years experience working in the public schools as well as in a clinical school setting.  She left this career to focus on raising her children. AnnMarie says, “I realized that in my next career I wanted to continue to provide counseling and therapy services, but also wanted more time to focus on prevention education. When the Youth Service Bureau Counselor position opened up, it was the perfect fit.” She joined the bureau in October of 2010. Learn what you can do to perhaps help someone you know. Register by calling 860-844-5352. Cost is $5. Bring your own lunch. Beverage and dessert provided.