Cortland County to take on suicide prevention

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Cortland County recently announced that a free training session is being offered in an effort “to equip caregivers, professionals and community members with the essential skills to recognize and intervene in situations involving suicidal ideation,” according to a release

The Rural Health Institute (RHI) and the New York State Office of Mental Health’s (NYS OMH) Suicide Prevention Center of New York (SPCNY) is providing an in-person SafeTALK training session on March 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Homer Center for the Arts community room. The Center for the Arts building is located at 72 Main St. in the village of Homer.

The comprehensive training program will provide individuals with the “knowledge and tools necessary to identify individuals at risk of suicide and connect them with life-saving resources,” the release noted.

Noted in the release, “Participants will engage in interactive exercises, discussions and role-playing scenarios to enhance their understanding and application of suicide prevention techniques.”

The SafeTALK training session is open to individuals aged 15 and older, regardless of prior experience. Participants will learn to:

  • Recognize the signs of suicidal ideation
  • Effectively respond to those in need
  • Empower attendees to become alert helpers who can intervene
  • And provide vital support to those experiencing thoughts of suicide

“The SafeTALK training is a crucial step in suicide prevention efforts within our community,” said Kevin Fitch, chair of the Cortland County Legislature. “By raising awareness and equipping individuals with the necessary skills, we can create a network of support and save lives.”

Registration for the training session is required. The form can be completed by clicking here.

For inquiries or further information, contact Matt Whitman at [email protected] or Garra Lloyd-Lester at [email protected].