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Westerly Hospital. Photo courtesy Westerly Hospital

WESTERLY — Westerly Hospital will offer a 90-minute, evidence-based training in QPR suicide prevention on Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the hospital’s Henry J. Nardone Conference Center.

The session will be facilitated by Christopher Smith, manager of Rehabilitation Services at Westerly Hospital and his wife Vikki Smith, who are both certified QPR instructors. QPR, which stands for "question, persuade and refer," is a simple process anyone can be trained to use to help save the life of someone in crisis by questioning someone about suicidal thoughts, persuading them to seek help, and referring them for professional assistance.

The training is free and open to anyone. For more information or to register, contact Robert Harrison at 401-316-4134 or by email at

— Sun staff

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