Category: Recent Updates
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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Asian/Immigrant Mental Wellness
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Recognizing that the Asian Immigrant Community has one of the highest suicide rates in the country and that it is directly related to cultural stigmatization and, resultingly, a high incidence of  untreated mental health problems, Samaritans collaborated with Hamilton Madison House in the development and presentation of a workshop entitled, “Our Unspoken Problem,” on June 10, 2015 at the Queens

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Emotional Rescue
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In the aftermath of Robin Williams’s death, suicide is in the news on an almost daily basis. But, it won’t last for very long, and that’s a shame. Because suicide, the 10th leading cause of death in this country, is a barometer that tells us what is going on in the world around us and how well we deal with

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City Honors Samaritans Work Saving Lives
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Samaritans was proud to be the recipient of a special City Council Proclamation in 2013 that honored the contributions of our volunteers and staff in “strengthening NYC’s safety net for our most fragile, vulnerable and under-served residents, especially in their times of emotional distress, personal tragedy, man-made and natural disasters, providing immediate support to those in need and saving many

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With A Little Help From Our Friends Project
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With A Little Help From Our Friends, A Community Public Health Initiative, was designed and implemented by Samaritans in collaboration with New York City Council Members Fernando Cabrera, Ydanis Rodriguez and Jumaane Williams. The suicide prevention public health initiative’s focus was to assist in the reduction of violent, self-destructive and suicidal behavior in the select NYC neighborhoods. It consisted of

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9/11 Memorial “Color & Hope” Fundraiser
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Samaritans and the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum were the recipients of the JAM for Life (The Johnny and Mikey Katsimatides Foundation for Life) 10th Annual Fundraiser “Color & Hope” on June 11, 2012 at the W Hotel and Memorial site. Steve Buscemi was the Celebrity Host and every guest received an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the Memorial by

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Strengthening The Safety Net Roundtable
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Samaritans convened a roundtable of over 40 of NYC’s top public health experts to identify the gaps in services faced by those at highest risk for suicide and what can be done to address them on May 24, 2012. This rare collaborative event, paralleling the work of SAMHSA to improve efforts to prevent suicide in the US, brought together experts

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School-Based Mental Health Services Hearing
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Samaritans provided testimony at the NYC Council hearing on school-based mental health on May 1 utilizing our 25 years of experience providing crisis response trainings and consults to NYC public schools. The hearing was a joint effort by the Council’s Committees on Mental Health and Education that were exploring possible initiatives to improve the quality and level of mental health

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Messages Of Hope Art Exhibition
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A dazzling array of colors, shapes and forms cover the gallery walls as you enter in mediums that included oils, watercolors, charcoal, silk-screens, photography and many others depicting over 100 creative images of hope and healing and helping each other. “Messages of Hope,” February 15-17, 2012, Westside Project Space, was an art exhibit promoting the resilience of the human spirit, sponsored

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