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​​​TALK SAVES LIVES

Wednesday, September 20, 5 p.m. at Panera Bread, Waynesboro--Brooke Anderson with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will present Talk Saves Lives.  You are invited to a community-based presentation that covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide.

Presented by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, this powerpoint will be offered to Mental Health America - Augusta (MHAA) board, membership and the general public. For ages 15+

Attendees will learn the risk and warning signs of suicide, and how together, we can help prevent it. 

For more information on the presentation, visit https://afsp.org/our-work/education/talk-saves-lives-introduction-suicide-prevention/

Please contact the MHA-A for reservations:  540-886-7181 or mhaa@ntelos.net.​


ASIST two-day training

Date: Thursday, September 21, 2017 and Friday, September 22, 2017
Location: Bridge Christian Church, Fishersville, VA
Time: 8am – 4pm
Registration required: https://afsp.wufoo.com/forms/k1cv1cdr1soz899/

LivingWorks explains that Applied Suicide Interventions Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Anyone 16 or older can learn and use the ASIST model.

Registration is required. You must attend both days of training. Breakfast and lunch is provided. There is no cost thanks to funding from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Space is limited to 30 participants.

All participants will receive documentation for 14 hours of instruction. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for licensure are available upon request.

Over the course of their two-day workshop, ASIST participants learn to:

Understand the ways that personal and societal attitudes affect views on suicide and interventions.
Provide guidance and suicide first aid to a person at risk in ways that meet their individual safety needs.
Identify the key elements of an effective suicide safety plan and the actions required to implement it.
Appreciate the value of improving and integrating suicide prevention resources in the community at large.
Recognize other important aspects of suicide prevention including life-promotion and self-care.

ASIST is offered quarterly in the Greater Augusta area by Valley Community Services Board and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

MORE INFORMATION
Crystal Graham
cgraham@afsp.org
(540) 447-0113​​​​​

10TH ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE/CANDIDATE FORUM

 The 10th Annual Legislative Forum will be held, September 28 at the Augusta County Government Center, Board of Supervisors Meeting Room, 7:00 pm.  The Government Center is in Verona.  Candidates and incumbents for seats in the House of Delegates will be present to answer your questions regarding mental health issues.

MHA-A is collaborating with Valley Community Services Board, National Alliance on Mental Illness Shenandoah Valley, and Valley Supportive Housing.


“Taking an Outside Perspective – Coping with the Changes Dementia Brings”

October 3, at Grace Lutheran Church, (500 S. Wayne Ave., Waynesboro) Fellowship Hall on the lower level, 6:30 p.m--Sharon DeBoever will present an Alzheimer’s caregiving program.  This is a program that will focus on the changes that occur in the various stages of Alzheimer’s and some of the other dementias.  The program will offer specific tips to the caregiver on how to assist themselves and the person with the diagnosis to better manage those changes throughout the disease process.  The program will also focus on value of the caregiver caring for himself/herself throughout this process.  Resources for additional outside assistance will be provided.     

This program is free of charge and open to the public.  RSVP will be helpful but not required in order to accommodate seating and planning for “light” refreshments.  RSVP to MHAA office, voice mail or email, 540-886-7181 or mhaa@ntelos.net

Program Presenter:  Sharon DeBoever, BS., Masters in Educational Psychology, Community Educator, Alzheimer’s Association

 





​​October 13 -6 - 10 pm -Tickets are on sale.  2nd Annual Boots & Brew- Limited number of $55 Tickets  Hermitage Hill Farm  Click here to purchase tickets  
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