Caring Contact, a crisis hotline that serves Northern and Central New Jersey, will host Suicide Awareness and Intervention Training at the Millburn Library on May 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. There is no cost for this training but space is limited so registration is recommended.

 

To register, visit http://weblink.donorperfect.com/SuicideAwarenessSpring2018.

 

Caring contact's Suicide Awareness and Intervention Training was designed by a doctor of psychology and a certified Master Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training instructor and is taught by nationally certified Mental Health First Aid and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills trainers.

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Attendees will learn how to:

  • Open a dialogue about suicide with someone in crisis.
  • Identify the risk factors of someone in crisis.
  • Develop the skills to support these people, including active listening skills, asking directly about suicide and applying basic suicide intervention skills.
  • Access suicide prevention resources.

 

Suicide Awareness and Intervention Training is ideal for parents, as well as educators, community and youth group leaders, first responders, business leaders and others.

 

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and the second leading cause of death for young people aged 10-24. Each year nearly 45,000 people die by suicide and for every suicide there are 25 attempts. Between 50 and 75 percent of people who attempt suicide talk about their suicidal thoughts, feelings and plans before the act, according to the American Society for Suicide Prevention.

 

"People who are experiencing  an emotional crisis and/or suicidal thoughts may be members of our families, neighbors, coworkers, casual acquaintances or even someone on the checkout line in front of us," said Janet Sarkos, Caring Contact executive director. "Suicide Awareness and Intervention Training provides people with the ability to recognize the early warning signs of someone at risk and the tools to positively intervene."

 

Caring Contact is an award-winning, volunteer-staffed crisis hotline and listening community serving North and Central New Jersey, an area with 3 million inhabitants in Union, Essex, Middlesex, Morris and Somerset counties. More than 100 listeners attentively and compassionately serve those in emotional distress and educate communities about the power of personal connection. Caring Contact responded to more than 10,200 calls in 2017.

 

Caring Contact is a member agency of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network and its hotline services are available to anyone, anonymously and confidentially.

 

About Caring Contact

Caring Contact is an award-winning, volunteer-staffed caring and crisis hotline providing active listening support and best-in-class education to the Central and Northern New Jersey community. We attentively and compassionately serve those in emotional distress and educate our communities about the power of personal connection. We are affiliated with CONTACT USA, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the American Association of Suicidology. If you are in crisis and need someone to listen, call us at 908-232-2880.To learn more, visit www.caringcontact.org.