Helping to recognize the warning signs and ease the emotional pain of suicide
Tamworth Community Nurse Assoc. offers Gatekeeper workshop, March 12, at Cook Memorial Library
Many of us in the town of Tamworth have been impacted by the shock and pain of losing friends and family to the tragedy of suicide. Like so many residents, the Tamworth Community Nurse Association has wrestled with questions such as “What warning signs did I miss?” and “What could I have done?” For help with these difficult questions, the TCNA has reached out to our community resources for answers.
As a result, the TCNA will host a workshop for Tamworth residents to help them recognize the risk factors and warning signs for someone who may be at risk for suicide. The workshop will be held on Saturday, March 12, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Cook Memorial Library. Those attending will gain an understanding of how to connect with that person and how to connect them with resources.
The Connect Gatekeeper Training is a four-hour course that will train individuals in the Connect program, a nationally recognized “best-practice” program to help prevent suicide deaths. Co-sponsored by the Carroll County Coalition of Public Health, the training will be conducted by Elaine deMello, Supervisor of Training and Prevention Services at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) New Hampshire. She will be assisted by Chris Kennedy and Donna Ulitz, both counselors at the Brett School in Tamworth, who completed a Training of Trainers course last summer.
There is no cost to attend the workshop, but pre-registration is necessary. Lunch will be provided. To register for the workshop, call Marletta at the TCNA at 603-323-8511 or email: email@example.com to register. Seating is limited, so please reserve your spot today.
How to be prepared when the inevitable happens
“In this world nothing is said to be certain except death and taxes.” — Benjamin Franklin
Most of us try to be prepared. We own insurance policies, keep a flashlight handy and have a fire extinguisher close by. But are we prepared for the inevitable? What happens when — not if — a loved one has a devastating, and possibly life-threatening, event? What do you say when you find yourself in the role of next of kin?
On Saturday, Aug.15, the Tamworth Community Nurse Association (TCNA) will host another forum as part of its ongoing “Get Healthy Tamworth” series. “What Someone Needs to Know About You” will be held at the Tamworth Lyceum starting at 10 a.m. This forum is free and open to the public.
The program will examine the tug-of-war between privacy issues and vital information that needs to be shared. For instance, what about computer passwords, bank account numbers and how do you choose a healthcare proxy? The program will be led by TCNA’s Executive Director Jo Anne Rainville, RN. Rainville has been practicing community health nursing for over 30 years. Attendees will receive the Advanced Care Planning Guide, published by the Foundation for Healthy Communities in New Hampshire, as well as a copy of Making Decisions for Someone Else A New Hampshire Handbook.
For more information on this or future forums, go to TCNA’s web site, www.tamworthnurses.org, or call (603)323-8511. The TCNA is a non-profit corporation that has been providing skilled nursing care for Tamworth residents with no fee for service for 94 years. Anyone interested in learning more about this unique model for rural health care is welcome to contact the TCNA office. Business hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Fridays from 9 to 11 a.m. Nurses hours Monday – Friday 9 to 11 a.m.
Is the food in your pantry safe to eat?
Ann Hamilton of UNH Cooperative Extension to speak May 16
Next ‘Get Healthy Tamworth’ program, ‘Healthy Foods — Food Safety: Is the food in your pantry safe to eat?’
The Tamworth Community Nurse Association will offer the next in its monthly program series entitled “Get Healthy Tamworth!” on Saturday, May 16, from 10 to 11 a.m. at The Tamworth Lyceum in Tamworth Village.
This month’s program is “Healthy Foods — Food Safety,” presented by Ann Hamilton, a field specialist in food safety from farm to table with the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension. Hamilton will share important information regarding food safety, including expiration dates on packaged foods, what to look for to determine spoilage, food storage tips and much more. Hamilton offers a wealth of information regarding food preparation, healthy vs less healthy eating, options for making more nutritious meals and much more. Questions will be welcome during her talk.
For more information on any of TCNA’s programs, call the office at 323-8511 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the Tamworth Exchange or the TCNA website, tamworthnurses.org, for reminders of dates and meeting places. Business hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Fridays from 9 to 11 a.m. Nurses hours Monday – Friday 9 to 11 a.m.