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on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 00:50
WestPutSPC Collaborates with Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health 
We are looking forward to our March planning meeting with a wide range of community stakeholders who are gathering to conceptualize how best to meet Westchester’s needs to reduce the risk of suicide throughout our communities.  Our last meeting included representatives from first responders, educators, private practitioners, community agencies, substance abuse specialists, corrections officers, family support groups, and many others.  Raising awareness and continuing to disseminate gatekeeper and professional training continue to be among our prioritized needs.  
Postvention refers to the pre-planning and preparation that help a community respond to a suicide death compassionately, effectively and safely.  In this brief video, Ken Norton describes the Connect Suicide Postvention Training and explains how postvention efforts are also prevention efforts. 
Galvanizing Community to Develop Resilient Youth

A project underway in Alaska may provide a template for how communities can come together to develop suicide-resilient youth. The Professional-Community Collaborations for At-risk Youth Engagement and Support, or PC-CARES model encourage interactions between youth and adults and provides spaces for community members to come together in productive ways regularly. PC-CARES is designed to enhance collaborations among native paraprofessional and non-native professional mental health providers, reduce the stigma of seeking mental health services and promote earlier interactions between providers and the community to better meet the needs of native youth.  The approach is about facilitating conversation rather than about formal training.  Rather than telling people how to do things, PC-CARES seeks to build understanding from the ground up through community member stories. Read more in our January newsletter.

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Send a Lifeline

on Wed, 07/24/2013 - 16:58
As you know, it can be hard to know how to help someone who is struggling or even thinking about suicide. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is trying to make reaching out to a friend a little easier by creating Lifeline E-Cards.
With just a few clicks, you can send a free Lifeline E-Card for sympathy over a death of a loved one, to offer emotional support, or to simply tell someone you're thinking of them. Since finding the right words to say can be a struggle in and of itself, the Lifeline E-Cards have a variety of customizable messages. One you click send, in addition to an uplifting card and comforting message, your friend will also receive a link to chat with a crisis counselor along with the Lifeline's 24/7 hotline number.

Ayuda a Alguien (Help Someone Now)

on Thu, 06/13/2013 - 15:11
Si alguien se encuentra en riesgo inmediato, llama al 911. No dejes a la persona a solas- siempre y cuando tú estés a salvo al estar con ellos.
Si tu puedes alentar a el o a ella a conversar, hazlo con calma y compasión. El escuchar a alguien que esta sufriendo de manera empática, puede ser un momento crucial para alentarlo de que el suicidio no es la respuesta. Si puedes, siempre y cuando te mantengas a salvo, separa a la persona de los medios de suicidio como las pastillas o armas. 
Asistencia por teléfono esta disponible 24/7/365 mediante la Línea Nacional de Prevención de Suicidio en el teléfono 1-800-273-TALK o en el sitio de Internet
Trabajadores entrenados pueden hablar con individuos que están considerando el suicidio y con sus amigos y parientes que están preocupados. Los trabajadores pueden proveer sugerencias para ayudarte a ti mismo o a alguien que amas; además, te pueden proporcionar información acerca de apoyos y servicios cercanos en tu área.