Friday, July 25, 2014

Become Suicide Alert

Learn the four basic steps to recognize persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them with suicide helping resources.  NYS Office of Mental Health and the Delaware County Suicide Prevention Coalition are sponsoring a safeTALK Suicide Prevention Training on Thursday August 14, 2014 at Delaware County Public Safety Building, 280 Phoebe Lane, Delhi, 13856 from 9AM-12:30PM.  There is no charge for this training; lunch is on your own.
Safe Tell, Ask, Listen and KeepSafe (SafeTALK) prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help to stay safe. Alert helpers know how to use these opportunities to support that desire for safety. safeTalk is for everyone who wants to help prevent suicide: front line workers, clergy, volunteers, teachers, law enforcement non-clinical providers, parents and youth at least 15 years old. As a SafeTALK-trained suicide alert helper, you will be better to:
•           Move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss or avoid suicide;
•           Identify people who have thoughts of suicide
•           Apply the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen and KeepSafe) to connect a person with suicide thoughts to suicide first aid, intervention caregivers.
Registration for this training is due August 8, 2014.  Please fax or email to:  Marion Mossman, Regional Director, MHA in Ulster Co, Inc., 5546 State Hwy 7, Oneonta, NY 13820.  Fax# 607-432-3814, email
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 1-800-273-8255.