DuBois, PA – The local Suicide Prevention team is hosting a pair of educational workshops in early November at Penn State DuBois.

The LOSS Team is a group of first responders and trained survivors who talk with the families of people who have taken their own lives, letting them know about resources and making sure they know that someone is there for them.

Listen to the interview with Mary Brown from the Clearfield-Jefferson Suicide Prevention Team.

This training to be a part of the LOSS Team is available to individuals who have medical, mental health, emergency services or law enforcement backgrounds.

The first workshop will be on Nov. 6 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Penn State DuBois, with the theme of Hope and Healing. The first workshop will cover a broadened view of those impacted by traumatic loss, the value of forming a community where active postvention is an option, the emotional benefit of getting help sooner rather than later for survivors, and how exposure to a traumatic event could result in anxiety disorder and PTSD.

The second workshop will be held on Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at Penn State DuBois, with an optional post session. That workshop will raise awareness of what potential LOSS Team members might experience, understanding suicide and its impact on the community, crime scene etiquette by local law enforcement experts, and how to get started as part of the group. A brainstorming session will be held afterward for anyone who is interested.

The registration fee is $100 and includes both days. A one-day rate is not available. Lunch is included. The deadline to register is Nov. 2. Both workshops are held on the Penn State DuBois campus.

If you’d like to be a part of it, please contact Mary Brown of the Clearfield-Jefferson Suicide Prevention Team immediately at 814-371-5100 ext 330 or send an email to [email protected].