On September 27, 2018 over 70 students and faculty attended Suicide Awareness and Intervention Training at Essex County College. The 2 and ½ hour training was conducted by Caring Contact and sponsored by the Social Work Student Association and spearheaded by Adjunct Professor Mary Jenkins. The Student Life and Activities Office paid for the event. The training shared statistics about suicide in New Jersey and nation-wide and highlighted which groups are more at-risk. Participants learned about risk factors for suicide, as well as protective factors. Finally, Caring Contact got to the heart of suicide intervention; providing tools to ask about suicide directly, techniques for truly being there for the person at risk, and steps to collaborate with the person to keep them safe in the moment.
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. They attentively and compassionately serve those in emotional distress and educate communities about the power of personal connection. They 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 them at 908-232-2880 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800.273.8255. To learn more about Caring Contact’s educational programs or volunteer opportunities, please visit www.caringcontact.org.