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California

Santa Barbara
Dr. Lisa Firestone will be presenting a free webinar, Understanding and Preventing Suicide on September 10, from 11:00AM - 12:00PM PST.  In this webinar, Dr. Firestone will educate the public about the warning signs and risk factors for suicide as well as the helper tasks that can save a life.
For more information and to register, go to: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/island/webinar/registration.tmpl?id=649340817

Santa Clara
Andy Chan and Faith Ibok from Santa Clara, are working with the Wilcox High School community to wear yellow in honor of those that have taken their lives.  Suicide is something that has affected them both in their school's community.

 

Colorado

Fort Morgan
Fort Morgan Walk
Where: Riverside Park - Nature Trail
Fort Morgan, Colorado
When: 09/07/2013, 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Check-in Time: 9:00 - 10:00AM
Registration Cutoff: 09/06/2013 at 2:00PM
Donation Cutoff: 01/01/2014 at 12:00AM
Contact: Brittany Frisbie
(970) 380-2868
bfrisbie12@hotmail.com
http://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=2442

Grand Junction
Grand Junction Walk
Where: Canyon View
Starts: 09/07/2013, 11:00AM - 2:00PM
Check-in Time: 10:30 - 11:00AM
Registration Cutoff: 09/06/2013, 2:00PM
Donation Cutoff: 01/01/2014, 12:00AM
Contact: Carrie Pell
(970) 433-7175
Carrie748@ymail.com
http://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=2419

Highlands Ranch
South Metro Walk
Where: Highlands Ranch High School
9375 Cresthill Lane
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Starts: 09/07/2013, 9:30AM - 12:00PM
Registration Cutoff: 09/06/2013, 12:00PM
Donation Cutoff: 01/01/2014, 12:00AM
Contact: Judy Cole
(303) 499-2054
judycole@hypermall.net
http://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=2419

 

Indiana

Anderson
Aspire Indiana, a community mental health center in Indiana, have invited the public to hear the mayor's proclamation to help us prevent suicide and raise awareness.  We have had very high suicide rates here in our area and we now have a coalition who wants to become educated and spread the education about prevention to as many people as possible.  We are making ribbons to wear and using social media to promote our efforts in prevention and education. We all want to do more but every person can do something.

 

Kansas

Emporia
Emporia Walk
Where: Soden's Grove
Emporia, Kansas
Starts: 09/07/2013, 12:00 - 2:00PM
Check-in Time: 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Registration Cutoff: 09/06/2013, 12:00PM
Donation Cutoff: 01/01/2014, 12:00AM
Contact: Barb Neslon
barbnelson@afspkc.com
(913) 620-4136
Sandy Humphreys
(620) 343-0843
skhumphreys@sbcglobal.net
http://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=2449

 

Maine

Fort Kent
St. John Valley Walk
Where: NMMC Wellness Center (Next to Subway)
Fort Kent, Maine
Starts: 09/07/2013, 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Registration Cutoff: 09/06/2013 12:00PM
Donation Cutoff: 01/01/2014 12:00AM
Contact: Ethel Jalbert RN
(207) 834-5790
theljalbert@yahoo.com
http://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=2364

 

Maryland

Annapolis
Annapolis Walk
Where: Downtown Annapolis
Annapolis, Maryland
Start: 09/07/2013, 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Check-in Time: 10:30 - 11:30AM
Registration Cutoff: 09/06/2013 12:00PM
Donation Cutoff: 01/01/2014 12:00AM
Contact: Leslie Cardwell
(314) 503-6504
leslie.cardwell21@gmail.com
http://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=2286

Frederick
Frederick Out of Darkness Walk
Where: Baker Park, Bandshell
Frederick, Maryland
Start: 09/07/2013, 9:00AM -12:00PM
Check-in Time: 8:00 - 9:00AM
Registration Cutoff: 09/06/2013 12:00PM
Donation Cutoff: 01/01/2014 12:00AM
Contact: Ryan Newcomb
(646) 632-5189
rnewcomb@afsp.org
http://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=2307

Hagerstown
Hagerstown Walk
Where: Hagerstown City Park
501 Virginia Ave
Hagerstown, Maryland
Starts: 09/07/2013, 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Registration Cutoff: 09/06/2013 12:00PM
Donation Cutoff: 01/01/2014 12:00AM
Julie Matheny
(301) 992-3522
jules68@myactv.net
http://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=2282

 

Michigan

Allegan
In Allegan, Michigan, we produced a love letter inspired by Global Love Letters and are encouraging everyone everywhere to reach out to others by writing letters filled with words of love, hope, and encouragement for a two week period that encompasses the World Suicide Prevention Day and the International Day of Peace - September 8 to 21.  We also have a giant love letter posted in a public park in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Big Rapids
Big Rapids Michigan Walk
Where: Northend Riverside Park
Big Rapids, Michigan
Starts: 09/07/2013, 10:00AM - 2:00PM
Check-in Time: 9:00 - 10:00AM
Registration Cutoff: 09/06/2013 12:00PM
Donation Cutoff: 01/01/2014 12:00AM
Contact: Michelle Lewis
(231) 580-5891
m_lewis761976@yahoo.com
http://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=2430

Iron Mountain
Dickinson County Walk
Where: City Park
Iron Mountain, Michigan
Starts: 09/07/2013, 11:00AM - 2:30PM
Check-in Time: 9:00 - 10:30AM
Registration Cutoff: 09/06/2013 1:00PM
Donation Cutoff: 01/01/2014 12:00AM
Contact: Carole Waitrovich
(715) 712-1259
Tina Tappy
(906) 396-7819
letswalk4agr8cause@hotmail.com
http://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=2128

Ishpeming
Marquette County Walk
Where: The Al Quaal Recreation Area
Ishpeming, Michigan
Starts: 09/07/2013, 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Check-in Time: 9:00 - 10:00AM
Registration Cutoff: 09/06/2013 12:00PM
Donation Cutoff: 01/01/2014 12:00AM
Contact: Andrew Chosa
(906) 228-9699
achosa@greatlakesrecovery.org
http://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=2482

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Minnesota

Red Wing
Red Wing Out of the Darkness Walk
Where: Covill Park
Red Wing, Minnesota
Starts: 09/07/2013, 9:00AM - 10:30PM
Check-in: 8:00 - 9:00AM
Registration Cutoff: 09/06/2013 1:00PM
Donation Cutoff: 01/01/2014 12:00AM
Contact: Gloria Krause Barker
(651) 253-6615
http://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=2185

Hinckley
Hinckley(MN Traveling) Walk
Where: Community Center 102 Dunn Ave.
Hinckley, Minnesota
Starts: 09/07/2013, 9:00AM - 12:30PM
Check-in Time: 8:30 - 9:00AM
Registration Cutoff: 09/06/2013 1:00PM
Donation Cutoff: 01/01/2014 12:00AM
Contact: Cindy Olson
(320) 245-2940
rocrun_00@yahoo.com
http://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=2431

Willmar
Willmar Walk
Where: Robbins Island
Willmar, Minnesota
Starts: 09/07/2013, 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Check-in Time: 9:00 - 10:00AM
Registration Cutoff: 09/06/2013 1:00PM
Donation Cutoff: 01/01/2014 12:00AM
Contact: Cassandra Mulder
(507) 402-8453
kcktensen@gmail.com
http://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=2291

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Montana

Miles City
Miles City Walk
Where: Wibaux Park
Miles City, Montana
Starts: 09/07/2013, 11:00AM - 1:00PM
Check-in Time: 10:00 - 11:00AM
Registration Cutoff: 09/06/2013 2:00PM
Donation Cutoff: 01/01/2014 12:00AM
Contact: Carla R Bichler
(406) 234-4621
crbichler@hotmail.com
http://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=2233

 

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New Mexico

Los Alamos
Activities for National Suicide Prevention Week (9/8 - 9/14)

September 9
" Mental Health, and Suicide"

Description: Join Los Alamos Family Council thearpists in a talk about substance abuse, mental health, and suicide to help the community better understand the importance of de-stigmatizing these issues.

Date: Monday, September 9
Time: 12:00 - 1:00PM
Location: Family Strengths Network
Audience: All adults/community

Supporting Organization: Los Alamos Family Council
Instructors: Amanda Schneider, MA, LMHC, has been a contract counselor at Los Alamos Family Council since December 2011.  She received her Master's Degree in Counseling from Southwester College in Santa Fe, NM in may of 2011.  Amanda's graduated internship included work at New Mexico Suicide Intervention Project's Sky Center in Santa Fe, with its focus on Family Counseling and prevention of youth suicide.  Mike Wallington, MA, LPCC, has been working in the mental health/substance abuse field for over 20 years as a psychotherapist.  During that time he has developed and managed case management programs, psychosocial programs, provided individual, group, couples, and family counseling.  He has worked with you in trouble, co-occurring disorders, mood disorders, and substance use disorders.  He is trained in EMDR, DBT, CBT, Existential and Gestalt therapies.  Mike is currently the Clinical Supervisor at the Los Alamos Family Council and manages the Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse Program which coordinates treatment with local municipal and magistrate courts and First District Court in Stanta Fe.

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September 10

"Creating a Circle of Care in the Community: Reducing Suicide Risk"

Description: This Presentation is open to all adults in the community who wish to understand more about risk factors and, most importantly, to gain an understanding of protective factors needed to develop personal resiliency.  The role of family in helping to lower risk and build connections will be discussed.  Basic assessment steps for understanding level of risk will also be presented.

Date: Tuesday, September 10
Time: 6:30 - 8:00PM
Location: Family Strengths Network
Target Audience: Adults

Supporting Organizations: NMSIP and JJAB
Instructor: Kate Reynolds, MA, LPCC, has been involved with the New Mexico Suicide Intervention Project for 14 years.  She is the Clinical Director for both the NMSIP and the SKY Center and has worked on several CDC research projects assessing both risk and protective factors for New Mexico youth.  She is the co-founder and director of the Santa Fe Center for Mindfulness where she teaches Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.  Kate has a family-based private practice in Santa Fe.

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September 11

"The Misunderstood Epidemic: Depression" (Documentary)

Description:  Join LANL Occupational Medicine Employee Assistance Program Counselors as they host a showing of the documentary entitled, "The Misunderstood Epidemic: Depression" during National Suicide Prevention Week.  The video-based presentation is open to all, LANL employees and adult members of the greater community.  The goal is to de-stigmatize and increase awareness of depression and suicide. LANL EAP counselors will provide a short discussion and time for Q&A immediately following the 57 minute video.  No registration.

Date: Wednesday, September 11
Time: 10:00 - 11:30AM
Where: Bradbury Science Museum Auditorium
Audience: All Adults
Supporting Organizations: Los Alamos National Laboratory
Facilitators: James Barber, LPCC and Lisa Celosse, LPCC, LMFT, LANL Occupational Medicine Employee Assistance Program.  Moderated by Elisa Enriquez, LISW, LANL OMBUDS

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Holding Hope, Finding Strength: Healing Wounds with Words

Description: Join actors in an evening of healing through self-expression through monologues, dialogues, poetry, and music. Some of the acts are from "Burning Out the Pain", written and compiled by Mimi Adams.  Panel discussion with counslors immediately following the performance.

Date: Wednesday, September 11
Time: 6:30 - 8:00PM
Location: Mesa Public Library
Audience: All 13+

Director: Mimi Adams is an instructional assistant at the Los Alamos Middle School.  She is active with the Los Alamos Little Theater and has directed several shows locally.  Mimi studied psychology at UNM and has been working with youth in various capacities since she was 13 years old.

Panelists: Heather McCulloch, LMHC, sees children, adolescents, families, adult individuals and couples in her private practice in Los Alamos, NM.  She has a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University of Los Angeles, CA and has been in private practice for over 10 years (Los Angeles, CA for 4 years and Los Alamos, NM for the past 6 years). Heather has additional training and/or certification in the following: Sandplay Therapy, Play Therapy, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Sexual/Physical and Emotional Abuse, Domestic Violence, Grief and Loss, Divorce/Separation, Pre-Marital Counseling and Suicide Prevention
Troy Palmer has an MA in Clinical Psychology from Aliant International University in San Diego, CA. He recently worked at TeamBuilders Counseling Services and is now the Youth Resource Advocate for JJAB, who provides Youth Resources Advocate services to youths and their families, and to assist youth and their families with accessing the comprehensive services as needed.
Elisa Enriquez, MSW, LISW, is an Associate Ombudsm and at LANL, Ombuds Office was previously a LANL EAP counselor. Prior to employment at LANL, Elisa provided behavior therapy, clinical counseling, group counseling, and intensive treatment coordination.

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September 12

Building Protection and Reconnection: Reducing Suicide Risk

Description: This presentation will help 'Gatekeepers' make use of ways to assess, intervene and access resources for those displaying signs for suicide vulnerability. Q&A after the audience has heard about everything.  Gatekeepers - teachers, counselors, nurses, therapists, faith leaders, police officers, firefighters, first responders - are encouraged to attend.

Date: Thursday, September 12
Time: 11:00AM - 12:30PM
Location: Los Alamos National Bank
Target Audience: Gatekeepers/First Responders Adults

Supporting Organizations: NMSIP, JJAB, LANB
Instructor: Kate Reynolds, MA, LPCC, has been involved with the New Mexico Suicide Intervention Project for 14 years. Currently, she is the Clinical Director at the SKY Center and has worked on several CDC research projects assessing both risk and protective factors for New Mexico youth.  She is the co-founder and director of the Santa Fe Center for Mindfulness wher she teaches Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.  Kate has a family-based private practice in Santa Fe.

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Breaking the Silence

Description: Presentations based on the NAMI "Breaking the Silence" curriculum, with separate speaking engagements for parents and teens. The short films, "Like Any Other Kid", will be presented during the teen-centered talk and "More Than Sad" will be presented during the parent-centered talk.
 

Date: Thursday, September 12
Time: 3:30 - 5:15PM
Location: Mesa Public Library
Target Audience: Teens
The short film, "Like Any Other Kid," will be presented along with a teen-centered talk.
Date: Thursday, September 12
Time: 6:00 - 7:30PM
Location: Family Strengths Network
Target Audience: Parents/Guardians
The short film, "More Than Sad" will be presented during this parent-centered talk.

Instructor: Desiree Woodland is a suicide survivor and public speaker who uses every opportunity to speak up about the stigma of mental illness and suicide, and supports the Albuquerque-NAMI and Survivor of Suicide groups.  She and her husband Gary live in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Ryan will always live in their hearts, while their daughter and amazing son-in-law live in Portland, Oregon, with two grand dogs.  Retired after seventeen years of teaching, she continues to tutor students, provide support for her mother with Alzheimer's and is pursuing education in grief and loss field.  This is sacred work that honors Ryan

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September 14

Collage Workshop: Pulling Pieces Together

Description: Join local therapists as they guide you through the process of expressive healing and self-discovery. This workshop introduces the art of collage making as a modality for self-expression around grief, loss and resiliency.  No art experience required. Two sessions offered.

Date: Saturday, September 14th
Times: 11:00 - 12:30PM
1:30 - 3:00PM
Location: Art Center at Fuller Lodge
Target Audience: Open to 13+
Supporting Organization: Art Center at Fuller Lodge

Instructors: Aimee Schnedler, MA, LMHC, has a private practice in Los Alamos working with individuals, adolescents and couples on a wide range of emotional issues; learn about her at everchanging.com. Aimee has certification in Applied Forensic Psychology and a certification in Grief, Loss and Trauma.  She is a multiple survivor of suicide and facilitates the Survivors of Suicide Support Group in Los Alamos, NM.  Aimee received her BA from Southern New Hampshire University and a MA in Counseling from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM.  Ericka Becker is a recent graduate of Southwestern College with a Masters in Art Therapy/Counseling.  Ericka enjoys working with children and youth, most recently doing art work with K-6th grade kids as an iCare counselor with the Los Alamos YMCA.

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New York

Brooklyn
Tuesday, September 10
Trash Bar
256 Grand Street, Williamsburg,
Brooklyn, New York
7:00PM - 12:00AM

DJ Questlove: "The Suicide Set" (artists who left the party early) DJ Questlove will spin "The Suicide Set," a specially-curated set of music centered on suicide--songs by artists who have died by suicide, or songs about suicide.  The event is sponsored by debut novelist Bradley Spinelli, whose book Killing Williamsburg is about a suicide epidemic that devastates New York City.

Spinelli will read from his book, followed by DJ Questlove's 3-hour set.
Contact: Ronit Schlam
rschlam@killingwilliamsburg.com
killingwilliamsburg.com

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Chemung County
The Suicide Prevention Committee in Chemung County, NY has several activites planned for this week.  The Committee maintains a HOPE Garden at a local park and will be replanting it will Fall Mums.  They are also selling sweatshirts with their logo "Walk a Mile in My Shoes".  They are also hosting a Safe TALK training and also coordinating a seminar on Aging and Mental Health.  All information can be found at www.walkamile.net

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Huntington
ASIST
September 9 - September 10, 2013
8:30AM - 4:40PM (each day)
The Pederson-Krag Center
55 Horizon Drive
Huntington, NY 11743

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Utica
Utica/Rome Walk
Where: Suny Institute of Technology
Horatio St
Utica, New York
Starts: 09/07/2013, 12:00 - 2:00PM
Check-in Time: 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Registration Cutoff: 09/06/2013 12:00PM
Donation Cutoff: 01/01/2014 12:00AM
Contact: Zondra Coffin
(315) 868-4799
zondracoffin@gmail.com
http://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=2258

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North Carolina

Asheville
Asheville Walk
Where: Carrier Park
Asheville, North Carolina
Starts: 09/07/2013, 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Check-in Time: 9:30 - 10:00AM
Registration Cutoff: 09/06/2013 12:00PM
Donation Cutoff: 01/01/2014 12:00AM
Contact: George LeRoy
(828) 251-0126
gleroy@carepartners.org
http://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=2479

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North Dakota

Bismarck
Bismarck/Mandan Walk
Where: State Capitol Grounds
Bismarck, North Dakota
Starts: 09/07/2013, 10:00 - 11:00AM
Check-in Time: 8:30 - 10:00AM
Registration Cutoff: 09/06/2013 1:00PM
Donation Cutoff: 01/01/2014 12:00AM
Contact: Susan Wagner
(701) 328-8941
shwagner@nd.gov
Brenda Bergan
(701) 426-1021
brenda_bergan@bismarckschools.org
http://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=2396

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Minot
Minot Walk
Where: Roosevelt Park
Minot, North Dakota
Starts: 09/07/2013 1:00 - 4:00PM
Check-in Time: 12:00 - 1:00PM
Registration Cutoff: 09/06/2013 1:00PM
Donation Cutoff: 01/01/2014 12:00AM
Contact: Richard Townsend
(701) 838-5553
townsend83@srt.com

Pennsylvania

Delaware County, PA
On September 10, 2013 in Delaware County, PA, the Survivors of Suicide, Inc. will be sponsoring the 12th Annual Candlelight Vigil to Remember Those Lost to Suicide.
What: Candlelight Vigil to Remember Those Lost to Suicide
When: September 10, 2013, 7:00 - 9:00PM
Where: Rose Tree Park in the Amphitheatre in Upper Providence, PA
For more information, contact Linda Falasco at lindafalasco@verizon.net

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From the International Association for Suicide Prevention:

World Suicide Prevention Day 2013 Toolkit
http://iasp.info/wspd/pdf/2013/2013_wspd_toolkit.pdf
Links to WSPD resources and related Web site.

World Suicide Prevention Day 2013 Banners
http://www.iasp.info/wspd/2013_wspd_banner.php
World Suicide Prevention Day banners in over 40 languages so that bloggers and writers can help increase suicide prevention awareness locally and worldwide by writing about suicide and suicide prevention in their native languages. Individuals and companies can use the banners on their Web sites to promote World Suicide Prevention Day. Teachers can use these materials to increase awareness that suicide can be prevented. In addition, we offer these banners freely to organizations and groups that are holding events on the day.

Facebook World Suicide Prevention Day Event Page
https://www.facebook.com/events/415169808532653/
Over 2,000 people have signed up as attending or participating in WSPD activity. Some people, for example, are attending memorial walks, lectures, concerts and information sessions. Others are simply lighting a candle, near a window at 8PM in support of suicide prevention, in memory of a lost one to suicide and for the survivors of suicide.

World Suicide Prevention Day 2013 Activities Submission Form
http://www.iasp.info/wspd/activities_mailform.php
Please use this submission form to tell us about your WSPD events and activities. Activities and events are being posted on the Website at: http://iasp.info/wspd/pdf/2013/2013_wspd_suggested_activities.pdf

 

 
 

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