Westerly Hospital hosts Lights of Love fundraiser, suicide-prevention training

WESTERLY HOSPITAL’S 35TH annual Lights of Love campaign’s tree lighting is next week, along with free suicide-prevention training sessions. / COURTESY WESTERLY HOSPITAL

WESTERLY – Westerly Hospital will host a tree lighting ceremony along with suicide-prevention training next week.

The 35th annual Lights of Love campaign is now underway, giving community members the chance to buy a “Love Light” in memory or honor of a loved one for a donation of $5 or more.

Love Lights will be arranged on an evergreen tree in the hospital’s courtyard, and the names of those being remembered and honored will be displayed in the main lobby.

A Lights of Love tree lighting ceremony and reception is scheduled for Dec. 3 at 5 p.m. in the hospital’s main lobby.

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Donations from the campaign will support patients’ needs at the new Smilow Cancer Care Center and the inpatient geriatric psychiatry unit at Westerly Hospital.

A number of oncologists and psychiatrists from the hospital plan to speak during the tree lighting ceremony.

Suicide-prevention training

Two 90-minute suicide-prevention training sessions focusing on the Question, Persuade and Refer process are scheduled at Westerly Hospital in December.

QPR has gained recognition as an effective method to help save lives in crisis. The process includes questioning a person about suicidal thoughts, persuading them to seek help and referring them to a professional.

The free sessions take place on Dec. 3 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the hospital’s Henry J. Nardone Conference Center and on Dec. 6 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Westerly Education Center.

To register or for more information, contact Robert Harrison at 401-316-4134 or robharrison63usna@gmail.com.

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