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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Originally published 4:28 p.m., October 26, 2013 Updated 4:28 p.m., October 25, 2013

Suicide Letter

HopeNet of Carpinteria, a local grass roots suicide prevention organization will sponsor an educational workshop on “The Power of a Compassionate Heart: Supporting and Serving Others with Understanding,” part of the community toolbox series they have developed to educate the community with skills to help one’s self and others.


HopeNet of Carpinteria, a local grass roots suicide prevention organization will sponsor an educational workshop on “The Power of a Compassionate Heart: Supporting and Serving Others with Understanding,” part of the community toolbox series they have developed to educate the community with skills to help one’s self and others.

The workshop will take place on Wednesday, October 30 from 7 - 8:30 pm at the Carpinteria Woman’s Club, 1059 Vallecito Rd., Carpinteria.

Presenter: Michelle Villegas is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice. She serves as adjunct faculty at Antioch University in the Masters of Psychology program. She is also the school guidance counselor at Montecito Union School. She currently is on the Board of HopeNet and Turn the Page for Uganda and previously served on the Santa Barbara advisory committee of the Children and Families Commission.

Compassion in action is a powerful force that can transform lives, relationships, communities and ripple out into the world at large. At times, we may feel that no one understands our struggles or pain and this experience can cause us to isolate, feel invisible or alone. Embracing the gift of compassion, however, reminds us of our interconnectedness.

For more information: email: hopenetofcarp@gmail.com or call Amrita Salm @ 805/ 684-2509

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Billy Collins & Aimee Mann

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