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10 I The Lovell Chronicle I April 17, 2014 BY PATTI CARPENTER A group of 27 Visual Ob- servation Specialist (VOS) volunteers received train- ing to stand watch over those contemplating sui- cide on Saturday, April 12, at a workshop spearheaded by Chief of Police Nick Lew- is. Coincidentally, four sui- cides were attempted in the Lovell area during the same week, a painful reminder of the high suicide rate in the state and the need for pro- grams like VOS and oth- ers to help reduce that star- tling statistic. Lewis started the VOS program about seven years ago in response to a need to relieve police officers of the duty and to keep people who are in crisis out of a jail setting. VOS volunteers, who were trained at the work- shop, are now qualified to volunteer to take turns sit- ting with people who are being held either voluntari- ly or involuntarily at North Big Horn Hospital because of suicide risk. Due to the unusually high volume of attempts, some of the new- ly trained volunteers sat watch within days of their training. Lewis opened the work- shop stating that since it's not a criminal act to be de- pressed, it is his belief that people shouldn't be treat- ed like criminals for feeling Zilli0" sad or depressed. Speak- ers from NBHH and Big Horn Basin Counseling also spoke at the workshop, which as always had more show up than were signed up in advance. "It's absolutely uncan- ny and amazing to me that more people always show up for this workshop than sign up," said Lewis. "It just doesn't work out that way at other types of work- shops. The people who come forward to help in this pro- gram are very sincere and wanting to help others." He noted several new volunteers joined the pro- gram at the workshop on Saturday and many exist- ing volunteers returned to renew their training. "It's outstanding that people donated four hours of their time like this on a Saturday morning, when they could have been do- ing an array of different things," he said. He noted that not a sin- gle individual watched by VOS volunteers has ever committed suicide. He said there have been a number of suicides in the county, in- cluding one case this week that appears to be a suicide but is still under investiga- tion and another completed suicide that took place last year, both in Lovell. "The ones we hear about are actually wanting help; unfortunately people bent on killing themselves don't call us for help," said Lewis. "We want people to know we are here to help and want them to seek our help." Counselor Dorothy Bak- er of Big Horn Basin Coun- seling concurred stating the fact that in the year 2010 a national study conduct- ed by the American Foun- dation for Suicide Preven- tion found suicide to be the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. The same study found the state of Wyoming to have the higho t rate of all states, with the state of Montana not far behind. She said the rates are higher in less populated states and rural states like Wyoming and Montana. This study and other similar studies have found Utah, Alaska, Neva- da, New Mexico and Idaho to also have relatively high rates of suicide. Lewis said he attri- butes those statistics in part to a lack of mental health services in rural ar- eas and also to what he re- ferred to as a "cowboy men- tality" of not wanting to admit something that could be perceived as weakness. He said impairment either by alcohol or drugs also con- tributes because people say or do things when they are impaired that they wouldn't Digital magazines easily viewable on most lnternet-enabled devices ART AUTOMOTIVE ENTERTAINMENT HOME LIFESTYLE MEN NEWS SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY . SPORTS TRAVEL WOMEN GOWYLD,NET/ECONTENT/ZINIO A public service announcement brought to you by this newspaper. do otherwise. Vonda Southard of Ba- sin has volunteered in the program for six years. She said, in her experience, "people just need to know someone gives a rat's back- side and that someone cares about them." Volunteers Cara Thompson and her mother Coleen Scheeler have also volunteered in the program for about six years and agreed that, in their experi- ence, it seems to help peo- ple to know that someone cares. "Everyone has a point in life when they feel they are at their lowest," explained Scheeler. "That's a time when they are reaching out for help and it helps to know other community members are there for them." Both said they found the experience of helping others very rewarding. "It feels like you're giv- ing back by helping someone else," explained Thompson. Another volunteer who chose to remain anonymous said she was actually held in jail for contemplating suicide at a low point in her life. Though it was many years ago, she still remem- bers how difficult it was to sit in jail with criminals when what she really need- ed was to feel like someone cared. She said she volun- teers to help keep others from having to endure that experience during a low point. She said her depres- sion has now passed and she feels that oftentimes the kind of depression she experienced is temporary. Lewis started the pro- gram to keep people out of that kind of setting, while professional help is on the way. "The main thing people need to know is that they can reach out," said Lew- is. "There is help out there; they just need to find it. Our program keeps them safe while we find that help for them." Help can be found at the following suicide pre- vention hotlines: 1-800-457- 9312 or 1-800-273-8255. 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