Please join as at the Mid York Library System office for an introduction on suicide prevention.

Workshop Description:

Talk Saves Lives is a standardized presentation that covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide.

Learning Objectives:

Attendees will learn more about the following:

  1. Suicide statistics in the US and worldwide;
  2. Scientific research about suicide and its findings;
  3. Warning signs and risk factors associate with suicide;
  4. Protective factors and prevention techniques for suicide.

About the Presenter:

Karen Heisig graduated from Our Lady of Mercy High School in Rochester, NY and went on to study Psychology at Niagara University. After two years and an associates degree in Liberal Arts instead, she married her husband, an Army officer stationed at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina with the 82nd Airborne Division. Karen lived in North and South Carolina over the next 20 years before moving back to New York with her children in 2009. Having lost both her husband and his younger brother to suicide, Karen is passionate about suicide prevention and changing the culture of mental health awareness. She has been a volunteer with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for 10 years and has served on the board for the Western New York Chapter of AFSP for 7 years, currently as the Board Chair. Karen is one of the primary trainers in Western NY delivering AFSP programs to places like schools, the work place, faith communities, and medical professional settings.

 

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