Education and Outreach

Community Crisis Services, Inc. is proud to offer outreach into the community. Community Crisis Services, Inc. is available to distribute information about Community Crisis Services, Inc., crisis intervention services, and information & referral services; or screen for depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder.

Community Crisis Services, Inc. has participated in health fairs, National Night Out, or can come speak with your organization about crisis, suicide and available services in the community.

For more information or to request a training or an outreach event, please contact our Training & Public Relations Coordinator at 301.864.7095 x427 or email: nated@ccsimd.org

Suicide Prevention

Community Crisis Services, Inc. has registered trainers to teach around the topics of suicide and mental health.

Suicide Alertness For Everyone (safeTALK)

Complementing ASIST, safeTALK, helps to create suicide-safer communities. A training lasting about three hours, safeTALK is for everyone in the community and is designed to ensure that persons with thoughts of suicide are connected to helpers who are prepared to provide first aid interventions. safeTALK is designed to be used in organizations and communities where there are already ASIST-trained caregivers. Suicide alert helpers are part of a suicide-safer community.

Why should I come to safeTALK?

In only a few hours, you will learn how to provide practical help to persons with thoughts of suicide. Expect to leave safeTALK more willing and able to perform an important helping role for persons with thoughts of suicide.

How does safeTALK help prevent suicide?

safeTALK prepares you to be a suicide alert helper. You are aware that opportunities to help a person with thoughts of suicide are sometimes missed, dismissed and avoided. You want persons with thoughts to invite your help. You know the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen and KeepSafe) and can activate a suicide alert. As a part of the KeepSafe step, you connect persons with thoughts to persons trained in suicide intervention. Helpers trained in suicide intervention complete the helping process or connect the person with more specialized help.

Why use safeTALK to learn to become alert?

A carefully crafted set of helping steps and the use of creative educational processes make it possible for you and up to 30 others in your community to leave safeTALK willing and able to be suicide alert helpers. safeTALK is the result of some twenty years of work at learning how to develop useful suicide prevention abilities in a short program.

What happens at safeTALK training?

Expect to be challenged. Expect to have feelings. Expect to be hopeful. See powerful reminders of why it is important to be suicide alert. See how to activate an alert. Ask questions and enter discussions. Learn clear and practical information on what to do. Practice the TALK steps. Conclude with practice in activating a suicide alert.

Why is safeTALK for everyone?

Most persons with thoughts of suicide go unrecognized—even though most all are, directly or indirectly, requesting help. Without safeTALK training, these invitations to help are too rarely accepted, or even noticed. With more suicide alert helpers, more people with thoughts of suicide will get connected to the intervention help they want. Suicide alert helpers are part of a suicide-safer community.

Time: 2.5 to 3 hours
Minimum Number of Participants: 12, Maximum Number of Participants: 30

For more information or to request a training, please contact our Training & Public Relations Coordinator at 301.864.7095 x427 or email nated@ccsimd.org.

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Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

ASIST, developed by LivingWorks Education, is a standardized and customizable two-day, two-trainer, workshop designed for members of all caregiving groups. The emphasis is on teaching suicide first-aid to help a person at-risk stay safe and seek further help as needed. Participants learn to use a suicide intervention model to identify persons with thoughts of suicide, seek a shared understanding of reasons for dying and living, develop a safeplan based upon a review of risk, be prepared to do follow-up, and become involved in suicide-safer community networks.

Program Objectives
After training, ASIST participants should be able to:
1. Recognize that caregivers and persons at risk are affected by personal and societal attitudes about suicide.
2. Discuss suicide with a person at risk in a direct manner.
3. Identify risk alerts and develop safeplans related to them.
4. Demonstrate the skills required to intervene with a person at risk of suicide
5. List the types of resources available to a person at risk, including themselves.
6. Make a commitment to improving community resources.
Recognize that suicide prevention is broader than suicide first-aid and includes life promotion and self-care for caregivers.
hy ASIST?

Rationale: ASIST supports a primary health care model, providing help to persons at risk of suicide as early and as quickly as possible.

Fewer false positives: Community gatekeepers and primary healthcare providers trained in suicide first aid can reduce false positive referrals to mental health, be alert and talk directly about suicide,

Triage at the front line of caregiving: in theory and application. ASIST provides front line caregivers with lifesaver intervention skills to review suicide risk and provide safeplan support until a connection is made to a more specialized resource.

Common language: ASIST interventions follow a standardized model and comprehensive risk review framework. This training provides a common language to foster understanding and communication between mental health providers, gatekeepers, and other counselors and support resources.

General retail: $215.00 USD per participant
Time: 2 days (16 hours)
Minimum Number of Participants: 12, Maximum Number of Participants: 30

For more information or to request a training, please contact our Training & Public Relations Coordinator at 301.864.7095 x427 or email nated@ccsimd.org.

Click “Experience ASIST” button to learn more.
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