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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

National Suicide Survivor's Day Teleconference

November 17, 200y
National Suicide Survivor’s Day Teleconference at Rockingham Memorial Hospital. Open to all who have lost someone to suicide. Pre-registration is encouraged. To register, call Rockingham Memorial Hospital’s Healthsource at 433-4580 or 1-800-433-4580

ASIST November 8-9, 2007

Nov. 8-9 - ASIST in Detwiler Hall at the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Center. Open to the public. For more information, please contact Jane Wiggins at There are a limited number of slots left. This training opportunity is free to participants.

Training by Jane W.

More training going on in Virginia! (I am listing several trainings seperately because they are open to the public.)

November 5th - Suicide Prevention Awareness Training for youth leaders. Virginia Mennonite Council (closed)

November 6th - safeTALK. Spotswood High School Faculty/Staff (closed)

December 13th - safeTALK. Church leaders, Virginia Mennonite Council (closed)

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

SafeTALK training

Christy Letsom will be conductiong safeTALK trainings in Virginia in November. Unfortunately these dates are closed to the public.
November 5th - Richmond
November 6th - Richmond
November 7th - Richmond
November 8th - Virginia Beach
November 9th - Virgnia Beach
November 10th - Chesapeake, Cambridge College
November 14th - Harrisonburg
November 15th - Roanoke x2
November 16th - Roanoke

Monday, October 29, 2007

Services for Veterans

To ensure veterans with mental health crises have immediate access to trained coordinators, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will establish a 24-hour, national suicide prevention hot line. “This is another significant step to ensure that veterans, particularly the newest generation of combat vets returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, receive accessible and compassionate care for their mental health concerns,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson. The hot line will be based at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center in New York state. Staffed by mental health professionals, it will operate seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

In addition to staffing the hot line, the suicide prevention coordinators will take part in training clinicians and non-clinicians on warning signs for suicide, guide veterans into care and work within facilities to identify veterans at risk for suicide. The Department's 153 medical centers will link veterans on that same day or the next the local Suicide Prevention Coordinator in that catchment VA is notified for immediate follow up.

Veterans can access these services by dialing 1-800-273-TALK and pressing option #1.

Friday, October 26, 2007

National Survivors of Suicide Day

AFSP's 9th Annual National Survivors of Suicide Day

Saturday, November 17 .
Local healing conferences for survivors of suicide loss will take place in over 120 cities in the U.S. and internationally -- connecting survivors within their own communities and throughout the world. For those who don't live near a conference site or who find it difficult to attend in person, the program will also be broadcast on the web from 1:00-2:30 pm Eastern Time, followed by a live online chat. To find a conference site nearest you, or to register to watch the webcast from home, visit And please feel free to pass this message on to anyone you think might be interested.

Richmond Empowers Youth Conference

This two day conference is presented by the William Byrd Community House through the Richmond Empowers Youth grant. Funding for this conference is provided by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families, Compassion Capital Fund. The purpose of the grant is to build the organizational and collaborative capacity of community and faith based organizations so that they will be better equipped to collaboratively address the myriad of issues faced by Richmond’s disadvantaged youth.

If you have questions about the training, please contact Angela Taylor at

To register:

Youth Services Conference

The 24th Annual Hampton Roads Youth Services Conference is in Virginia Beach November 1-2. The conference brochure is available online at the below website.

Verbal Intervention and Violence Assessment

The Virginia Center for Policing Innovation (VCPI) will be hosting "Verbal Intervention & Violence Assessment: How to Predict & Prevent Violence Using Threat Profiling," a Power Series event, on November 8th, 2007, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the University of Richmond campus. Instructed by criminal analyst Dale Yeager, training topics will include:
Human Nature and Violence Mind Frame of Violent People Male and Female Behavioral Patterns as they Relate to Violence Verbal Manipulation of Aggressive and Violent People to Prevent Attack. For more information, including registration, please visit the Virginia Center for Policing Innovation at

In addition to law enforcement receiving course credit, the Virginia Center for School Safety will provide eight hours of partial in-service credit (PIC) to School Security Officers attending this training. School Security Officers should obtain a PIC form from event administrators upon class dismissal.

Prevention Comes First Conference

This is a reminder to register for the Second Annual Prevention Comes First Conference on Monday, October 29, 2007 at the Holiday Inn Select - Koger Center in Richmond. The deadline is approaching! You may register by clicking here:

The theme for this year is "Growing Up Safe - Bullying and Beyond." Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith, physician, author and well-known expert on youth violence, will be the opening speaker. We are still adding workshops and information on the speakers. You may get more conference information by clicking here:

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Training Opportunities

These trainings look very intesting.


We are under construction. I hope to provide links to information, training and suicide prevention activities throughout the State of Virginia. Please bear with me. This is a steep learning curve for this old lady. Check in regularly for new and exciting information!