Education is our best weapon in the battle against suicide.


Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US and is one of three leading causes of death that are on the rise. There are 800,000 deaths each year, 1700 of which are New Yorkers.

World Health Organization (WHO)

National and state suicide rates

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (NY State)

NYS GOV https://nyshc.health.ny.gov/web/nyapd/suicides-in-new-york

New York State Prevention Agenda Dashboard – County Level
Age-adjusted suicide death rate per 100,000 population, 2013-2015


Suicide Risk and Risk of Death Among Recent Veterans


Talk Saves Lives is a 1 hour community-based presentation that covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide. Attendees will learn the risk and warning signs of suicide, and how together, we can help prevent it. Trainers: Karen Heisig (kheisig118@gmail.com), Cheryl Long (zumalong@gmail.com), Samantha Colson (SamanthaColson@monroecounty.gov) , Missy Stolfi (mstolfi@afsp.org)

More Than Sad: 1 hour presentation intended for teens, parents, and educators, this film teaches students about depression, demystifies treatment, and encourages students who are struggling to seek help. Trainers: Karen Heisig (kheisig118@gmail.com), Missy Stolfi (mstolfi@afsp.org), Samantha Colson (SamanthaColson@monroecounty.gov)

It’s Real: College Students and Mental Health: The AFSP-produced film It’s Real: College Students and Mental Health is designed to raise awareness about mental health issues commonly experienced by students, and is intended to be used as part of a school’s educational program to encourage help-seeking. Program length: 45 minutes  Trainers: Karen Heisig (kheisig118@gmail.com), Missy Stolfi (mstolfi@afsp.org)

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is a two-day, two-trainer, workshop designed for members of all caregiving groups. Family, friends, and other community members may be the first to talk with a person at risk, but have little or no training. ASIST can also provide those in formal helping roles with professional development to ensure that they are prepared to provide suicide first aid help as part of the care they provide. Trainers: www.livingworks.net

safeTALK (Suicide Alertness for Everyone) is a half-day training program that teaches participants to recognize and engage persons who might be having thoughts of suicide and to connect them with community resources trained in suicide intervention. SafeTALK stresses safety while challenging taboos that inhibit open talk about suicide. The program recommends that an ASIST-trained resource or other community support resource be at all trainings. The ‘safe’ of safeTALK stands for ‘suicide alertness for everyone’. The ‘TALK’ letters stand for the practice actions that one does to help those with thoughts of suicide: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe.  Trainers: www.livingworks.net

Ending the Silence for Students: 50-minute presentation designed for middle and high school students that includes warning signs, facts and statistics and how to get help for themselves or a friend. Research has shown that NAMI Ending the Silence for Students is effective in changing middle and high school students’ knowledge and attitudes toward mental health conditions and toward seeking help   https://www.nami.org/Find-Support/NAMI-Programs/NAMI-Ending-the-Silence

NAMI Ending the Silence for School Staff: 1-hour presentation for school staff members that includes information about warning signs, facts and statistics, how to approach students and how to work with families  https://www.nami.org/Find-Support/NAMI-Programs/NAMI-Ending-the-Silence

NAMI Ending the Silence for Families: 1-hour presentation for parents and primary caregivers that includes warning signs, facts and statistics, how to talk with your child and how to work with school staff   https://www.nami.org/Find-Support/NAMI-Programs/NAMI-Ending-the-Silence

Suicide Safety in Schools is a one-day workshop designed for school-based interdisciplinary teams, empowering them to establish realistic short-term plans for effective suicide prevention and response planning. https://www.sprc.org/resources-programs/creating-suicide-safety-schools

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. The training helps you identify, understand and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses.https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/

Suicide Prevention: Online training from Center for Practice Innovations  http://practiceinnovations.org/I-want-to-learn-about/Suicide-Prevention/Trainings/Full-list-of-SP-TIE-trainings#top