One Oops Away, a suicide awareness community workshop, will be Thursday from 6:30-8 p.m. in the sanctuary at First United Methodist Church of Newnan.
The meeting will serve as “an introduction to begin a community conversation toward building a culture of health,” said JoAn Kinrade, associate pastor at the church. “For many, certain events in life are taken in stride. Losing a job, breaking up with a girlfriend, not getting in the college of choice and other events are treated much like spilled milk.”
One Oops Away will help participants understand that for others that is not always the case. Participants will learn about the ways circumstances can lead to suicide, gain awareness of the signs and risk associated with suicide and “discover the steps that can be taken to reduce the risk,” Kinrade said.
The workshop will be facilitated by Chaplain Kenneth Koon, Master Intervention Trainer. In his role as the primary suicide intervention officer, Koone was able to sustain a zero suicide rate for five years in a brigade covering 13 states.
He attributes the success to increased awareness and skills development of those trained. “Ken has conducted more than 500 successful suicide interventions and trained more than 7,000 caregivers across the U.S. in the skills of intervention,” Kinrade said.
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In celebration of Thanksgiving, Atlanta Falcons fullback Patrick DiMarco provided a catered Thanksgiving meal to 125 men from the Shepherd’s Inn.
Shepherd’s Inn is the men’s facility of the Atlanta Mission. At the Nov. 21 meal, Falcons players served food, signed autographs and took photos.
Falcons players also prepared and served Thanksgiving lunch to the homeless at Crossroads Community Ministries for the eighth straight season on Nov. 22.