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Join NYC’s Caring Community!

During this period of change and uncertainty for many people, we are reminded of the many ways we can make a difference in other people’s lives. Recognizing the challenges and difficulties our friends, family or colleagues may be experiencing, expressing our interest and showing our concern, spending time with those who are in distress or struggling to cope with whatever

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Three Ways to Support Suicide Prevention Month

September is Suicide Prevention Month in NYC, which includes International Suicide Prevention Day, celebrated all over the world, on September 10–designed to bring more attention to a  public health problem that causes more deaths annually than auto accidents. In fact, more Americans die from suicide than homicide and AIDS combined, it is the 2nd leading cause of death of our

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BE A FRIEND Walkathon 2016
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Join friends, family members and colleagues as you take in some fresh air and walk, run or stroll along beautiful Hudson River Park in support of Samaritans 24-hour Suicide Prevention Center at our 4th Annual BE A FRIEND 5K Walkathon, Sunday, September 25. The Walkathon has proven to be an enjoyable gathering of like-minded people who come together as a caring

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Surviving Suicide Loss—An evening with Carla Fine, June 23

Samaritans presents, Carla Fine, author, “No Time to Say Goodbye,” in an evening of readings and conversation about surviving suicide loss.  Providing insight, warmth and humor, Carla combines her own deeply personal experience of the loss of her husband with stories other loss survivors. Q & A and light refreshments.  Attendance is free, but you must pre-register.  Click here 

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April 12 Benefit Celebrates Life

Samaritans believes suicide prevention is about helping people during their difficult times. Our Midtown Mardi Gras Benefit at St. Bart’s, Tues., April 12, is a chance for people to come together to celebrate life. It will be a fun-filled evening with good food, beverages, live music, glamorous stilt walkers, magicians and a spectacular silent auction. Tickets are $75-100.  Click here to buy tickets or

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Samaritans Focus of World Suicide Prevention Day
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On World Suicide Prevention Day 2015, Medical Daily posted an in-depth article that explored the approach utilized by Samaritans crisis response centers around the world when responding to individuals who are in distress, depressed, experiencing trauma, self-harming and suicidal behaviors. The piece described the befriending philosophy that has been embraced by over 400 centers in 42 countries around the world

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Heightening Awareness in Our Communities
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In 2015, Samaritans presented suicide prevention, public education and awareness, crisis communications, cultural wellness, community resource and hotline trainings and workshops to 1,375 individuals, including 846 NYC Department of Education staff who work in 598 schools, 283 health professionals from 96 community-based and government agencies and 168 students, with the goal of reducing the stigma tied to this public health

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NYS Hope and Life Award
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Samaritans Suicide Prevention Center received the 2015 Hope and Life Award “for extraordinary leadership in suicide prevention” from the Suicide Prevention Center of New York at a special ceremony on September 16, 2015. Believing that “suicide is everybody’s business,” SPCNY honored and celebrated those who have made a difference and advanced the suicide prevention infinitives of the New York State

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BE A Friend Walkathon 2015
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Samaritans 2nd Annual BE A FRIEND 5K Walkathon on September 19 was a huge success with over 400 current and former volunteers, supporters, suicide survivors and their friends, family members and colleagues raising over $35,000. Taking place on the beautiful Hudson River Park in Lower Manhattan on a lovely Saturday morning, people walked, ran or strolled in the sparkling sunshine

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Samaritans Crisis Communications Podcast
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Responding to frequent inquiries, especially from those who are for and/or treat at-risk youth, about the keys to effective communications and “active listening,” in this podcast Samaritans Executive Director Alan Ross explores many of the key issues, challenges and behaviors that must be addressed  before we even begin to connect with and respond to an individual who is in distress,

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