*(Casper, Wyo.)* - In 2013, the second highest suicide rates were those 85 and older, just under those 45-64 years old. The third highest group encompassed the 65-84 year olds. This data is according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. As the elderly population grows, the issue of later-life suicide becomes a major public health priority. *A suicide prevention training focused on seniors is being offered December 9th and 11th from 2-4 p.m.* The goal of the training (called QPR – Question, Persuade, Refer) is to give people the tools to recognize the warning signs of suicide, how to talk and listen to someone contemplating suicide and how to get them to professional help. The training takes place at the Ramkota Hotel auditorium, 800 North Poplar Street in Casper. Participants need only attend one of the days to become certified. This training is free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required. This training is sponsored by the Natrona County office of Prevention Management Organization (PMO) of Wyoming and the Natrona County Suicide Prevention Task Force. If you have a question about the training, please send a message to the PMO Natrona County Facebook
page or call 307-472-5991.
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