GLOE, Strength Through Community, CBST, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention present:
Tuesday, March 15
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cost: $10 per person (for materials)
Advance registration required!
Light refreshments provided
SafeTALK is a three-hour training program that prepares community members and caregivers how to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first-aid resources, offered by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
People in crisis often turn to the leaders and teachers in their faith communities, but those leaders don't always have the training to best handle these situations.
We need to fix that.
Recent headlines of teen suicides following severe bullying has brought heightened awareness to the issues of suicide and bullying. Sadly, each year, close to one million people make a suicide attempt and more than 34,000 die by suicide in the U.S. alone. It is the fourth leading cause of death among adults 18 to 65 and the third leading cause of death among teens and young adults. The suicide rates for people ages 45 to 64 has steadily increased and is now the highest of any age demographics.
- 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.
Your organization is invited to send members of your staff to a training. This training is appropriate for the receptionist in your office, the administrator in your religious school, teachers, counselors, clergy staff and their assistants. This is a wonderful opportunity to have your staff trained specifically in fielding calls from and communicating with members of your community who may be in crisis and in need of help.
We believe the tools learned here will help for a myriad of situations that synagogue, church, temple and mosque staff members face when speaking with those in need of assistance.
Participants will receive a certificate at the conclusion of the
training, attesting to their successful completion of the
Thank you to Eric Weaver, from National Capital Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, who will conduct the training.
Eric Weaver is a Master Instructor for the internationally recognized ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and a registered SafeTalk (Suicide Alertness Training) instructor, and currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the WNY Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), and serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Suicide Intervention Skills Trainer Consortium of New York. Eric is a former pastor and served for several years as the Executive and Counseling Pastor of Crosswinds Wesleyan Church in Canandaigua, NY. He is Executive Director of Overcoming the Darkness, in which he provides keynote addresses and training seminars on recovery, stress, depression, stigma, low and high risk communication skills, and suicide awareness, prevention and intervention. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and official recognitions,
been featured in TIME, Details, and Reader’s Digest magazines,
WebMD, as well as various news publications and local television
programs, and is a member of the Cambridge Who’s Who Registry of
Business Executives and Professionals.
NOTE: The Morning session and Afternoon session are the same. Please sign up for only one.
ASL and other interpretation are gladly provided upon advance request.
Please contact Halley Cohen at 202.777.3253 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.