Office of Mental Health Announces Upcoming Suicide Prevention Training
EventsTraining Courses Available for Families, Educators, and Peers through
Suicide Prevention Center of New York

(Albany, NY) The New York State Office of Mental Health today announced
upcoming suicide prevention training courses occurring throughout New York
State. These free or low-cost training sessions are both scheduled and
available by request in every county of the state. Various trainings are
available for the general public in addition to targeted trainings for
teachers, nurses, police officers and teens.

“In the last 3 years, the Office of Mental Health has provided suicide
prevention education to over 33,000 New Yorkers, enabling them to identify
at-risk individuals and provide referrals to expert resources,” said New
York State Office of Mental Health Commissioner Dr. Ann Marie T. Sullivan.
“The more people that are trained to identify signs of suicidal thoughts,
the stronger New York communities become at helping people who are thinking
about ending their lives.”

The trainings are made available through the Suicide Prevention Center of
New York (SPCNY) which collaborates with, and is fully funded by, the
Office of Mental Health. The Office of Mental Health provides $1.5 million
annually to SPCNY for the promotion of suicide prevention education in New
York State.

“The Office of Mental Health recognizes that community support is paramount
for individuals who may be contemplating suicide. By offering this service,
we are helping New Yorkers save lives,” said SPCNY Executive Director
Marcia Fazio. “Everyone can benefit from these trainings. You never know
when you may encounter someone who is thinking about suicide and this
knowledge gives you the skills you need to get them the help they need.”

There are free public training courses scheduled for March in the following
locations: Brentwood, Elmira, Goshen, Malone, and Manhattan. These upcoming
trainings include two specific courses: SafeTALK and QPR.

– SafeTALK is a 3-hour training that prepares anyone over the age of 15
to identify people who have suicidal thoughts and connect them to suicide
first aid resources.
– Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) is a practical suicide prevention
training, along the lines of CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver, that trains New
Yorkers to recognize the warning signs, question the at-risk individual,
and persuade that individual to find help.

SPCNY also offers ‘Lifelines’, a school-based suicide prevention,
intervention, and postvention program and ‘ASIST’, a two-day intensive and
interactive course for caregivers that instructs participants how to
recognize the signs of suicidal behavior, review the risks, and intervene.
Other SPCNY trainings include specialized programs for professional groups
as well as programs to help New York residents assist people who have lost
a loved one to suicide. For additional details on the training programs
offered by SPCNY, please visit:
www.preventsuicideny.org/#!trainingprograms/c21kz.

To find a training course near you, visit:
www.preventsuicideny.org/#!trainingcalendar/c8lb. To contact the
Suicide Prevention Center of New York about hosting a training session near
you or to receive valuable suicide prevention resources, please email:
SPCNY@omh.ny.gov.

New York State is a part of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline,
giving at-risk individuals someone to talk to, 24 hours a day/7 days a
week. In crisis? Call 1-800-273-TALK or visit
www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

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