Suicide Alertness for Everyone safeTALK scheduled for March 23

LAKEWOOD — A Suicide Alertness for Everyone safeTALK will be held Friday, March 23 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Lakewood Baptist Church, 150 Erie St., Lakewood. Sign-in begins at 11:45 a.m. with the session beginning promptly at noon.

The event is offered at no charge by Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene, Chautauqua Tapestry, The Community Alliance for Suicide Prevention, and Chautauqua Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council (CASAC) safeTALK (Suicide Alertness For Everyone) is a 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, one will be better able to move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss or avoid suicide; identify people who have thoughts of suicide; and apply the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen and Keep safe) to connect a person with suicide thoughts to suicide first aid, intervention caregivers.

Social Workers can earn three CEUs for $20 with the website link provided at the end of training. License number must be provided at time of training. Three hours, (Section 1) CPP/CPS (Initial and Renewal), CASAC Renewal. OASAS and PCB approved. Credentialed Prevention Professional credit hours. Credentialed Prevention Specialist

Pre-registration is required. The registration deadline is March 16. Contact Kathleen Colby at or call 664-3608.