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Training & Events


Who needs to know about suicide intervention techniques? Who needs to know how to save a life?


Interested in becoming a suicide alert helper by attending a free class? Sign up for any of our suicide prevention trainings as noted below or join the following organizations and have us bring the class to you. (minimum of 10 attendees required):

  • ARC of Chemung
  • Arnot Ogden School of Nursing
  • Chemung County Department of Social Services
  • Chemung County NY Connects
  • Children's Advocacy Center
  • Children's Integrated Services
  • Elmira City School District
  • Elmira Psychiatric Center
  • Glove House
  • HIS Tabernacle Church
  • Rape Crisis of the Southern Tier
  • Southern Tier Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Corning Incorporated
  • Pathways Incorporated
  • New Life Assembly of God
  • Southern Tier Pregnancy Center
  • Mansfield University Nursing Program
  • Trinity of Chemung County
  • Wellsboro PA School District
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    QPR stands for Question, Persuade, Refer and can be taught in 1 hour.

    3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, are saying "Yes" to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor.

    If you or your group/agency is interested in free QPR training please contact Shannon Oakes at 

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    SafeTALK is a two-and-a-half to three-hour training that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help to stay safe. Alert helpers know how to use these opportunities to support that desire for safety. As a safeTALK-trained suicide alert helper, you will be better able to:
    • move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss or avoid suicide;
    • identify people who have thoughts of suicide;
    • apply the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen and KeepSafe) to connect a person with suicide thoughts to suicide first aid, intervention caregivers.
    Powerful video clips illustrate both non-alert and alert responses. Discussion and practice help stimulate learning. Learn steps that contribute to saving lives.

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    ASIST classes

    Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two day training that provides practical training for caregivers seeking to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Participants often include:

    • people concerned about family, friends
    • natural helpers and advisors
    • emergency service workers
    • counselors, teachers and ministers
    • mental health practitioners
    • workers in health, welfare or justice
    • community volunteers

    Working mostly in small groups of one trainer to no more than 15 participants, ASIST uses many different teaching processes to create a practice-oriented and interactive learning experience.

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    For more information contact Shannon Oakes at (607) 737-2052 or by email

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    Survivor Support Group

    Childcare available!

    Contact Deb Maxwell with questions: 734-6174

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