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SafeTALK: Suicide Alertness For Everyone

By Dr. Gail Barouh

Monday, September 10 is World Suicide Prevention day. We would like you to join LIAAC in observing this day by lighting a candle near a window at 8pm.  Whether it is our trained professionals on our hotline or our implementation of SafeTALK training, LIAAC is working to prevent suicide, connect those touched by suicide to helpful resources, and provide education about suicide to the public and professional community on Long Island.

Through a grant from the Mental Health Association of New York State, LIAAC is running SafeTALK training programs. SafeTALK is a two-and-a-half to three-hour training that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and commit 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.  As a safeTALK-trained suicide alert helper, you will be better able 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

Discussion and practice help stimulate learning.  Learn steps that contribute to saving lives.

LIAAC’s hotline staff also receives SafeTALK training so they have an increased awareness of the warning signs of suicide and are able to better determine who is at risk.

We currently have a training scheduled  for September 24, 2012 at 9:30 am.

For more information about this training ,  suicide prevention or to schedule a SafeTALK training for your group, call our hotline at 1-877-865-4222

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