Higgins offers suicide prevention workshop

Suicide prevention --Higgins Funeral Home recently offered a workshop which was open to community leaders. This workshop was part of MAD SAM (Making A Difference-Suicide Awareness Movement) which is a local organization focused on suicide awareness and prevention.

The seminar, administered by the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network and Contact Lifeline of the Highland Rim, taught the community leaders in attendance how to identify warning signs of suicidal behavior and also how to react in those situations.

“They covered a good range of related topics, including warning signs of suicidal intention, how to tell if you are dealing with depression and bullying,” said Clay Higgins of Higgins Funeral Home.

Some 22 local ministers, teachers and community leaders attended the meeting.

Higgins Funeral Home, who, according to Higgins, “focuses on being proactive in our community,” put on the event at the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce.

“We appreciate the opportunity to serve,” Higgins said.

The program engaged the group with a platform based on prevention. The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network includes Higgins and other local leaders who would be immediately thought of in a crisis situation, the invitation read. “We want you to be ready when that moment comes.”

“Those in attendance went in ready to learn and that enabled everyone to get the most out of the training,” Higgins said. “We feel better prepared to help one of any age group who shows signs of needing help.”

Additional information can be found on Facebook by searching “Higgins Funeral Home,” “MAD SAM” and “Contact Lifeline of the Highland Rim.”

Posted on Monday, October 7, 2013 at 9:01 pm