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September 2021 in Prevention

Thank you Sublette School District #1

We want to celebrate and thank Sublette #1 School District administrators for choosing to let us train 140 teachers, librarians, bus drivers, and administrators in QPR suicide prevention on August 30 and 31. Suicide prevention training is required by the State of Wyoming for all teachers. Most schools accomplish this with an online 2 hour training. Sub#1 elected to have the coalition provide this training this year in person, in small groups, to provide more opportunity for conversation, and to emphasize local mental health resources.

Our 8 QPR trainers were also able to promote the community mental health fund at the trainings, and tell the story of how Sublette is one of only 2 counties in Wyoming who have a system and funds in place to provide counseling services for all children, adults, and families who choose, regardless of ability to pay.

Special thanks and recognition to these people at Sub1 for working to make this happen:

David Shaw, Director, Special Services

Eric Makelky, Principal, Pinedale Middle School

Brian Brisko, Principal, Pinedale High School

John Snell, Principal, Skyline Academy

Greg Legerski, Pinedale Elementary School

Lisa Ruckman, Transportation Director

Thanks also to these awesome QPR trainers for their very special dedication to promoting mental health and suicide prevention in Sublette County:

Bill Lehr Mardy Sleight

Carolyn Normington Jen Wilkinson

Matthew Daniels Melinda Bobo

Randy Belton

Here’s what’s happening this month in Prevention:

Tuesday 9/7: Alcohol Task Force 12 - 1 PM

Public Health Conference Room

Lunch provided, please RSVP for lunch!

Contact Trisha for the Zoom link

Wednesday 9/8: Big Piney Candlelight Walk for Suicide Prevention Month 6-7 PM

Meet us at Big Piney High School Parking Lot, we will walk to Norris Park. We will be joined by local youth groups and members of the Boulder Roll Motorcycle Club.

Thursday 9/9: Regular SPC meeting is in Big Piney this month. 3:30 PM

Big Piney High School Library

Food provided.

Contact Trisha for the Zoom link.

Tuesday 9/21: Dimensions Quit Tobacco groups begin at High Country Behavioral Health and go to November 1.

**** Wednesday 9/22 SUPAMAN Special Event!!! ***

Supaman, a Native American hiphop artist who has performed in Pinedale at Rendezvous in the past, is coming back to Sublette county to perform for both schools during the school day and at American Legion Park at 6pm for the community. Supaman is passionate about preventing suicide and alcohol and substance abuse. He has a strong message about looking out for each other, respecting our elders, and he delivers his message in a high energy hiphop performance. Please share our facebook posts promoting this performance. Thank you to the Community Mental Health fund, the Boulder Roll Poker Run, The Episcopal Diocese of Wyoming for sponsoring Supaman’s time in Sublette County, thanks especially to Randy Belton for all his time and dedication planning this event. If you want to check out Supaman’s bio and music please see:

Wednesday 9/22: Candlelight Walk for Suicide Prevention Month 5:30 PM

Meet us at Pinedale High School parking lot (NE corner of Tyler and Hennick) to walk to American Legion Park where we will join the Supaman performance.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Wishing you all a safe and healthy September!


Prevention Coordinator Sublette County Public Health 307-749-5004

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