Category: Recent Updates
Samaritans Receives ‘Cause Award’ for Mental Health
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Samaritans received New York Nonprofit Media’s first-ever Cause Award for Mental Health at a special ceremony held at the Capital Grille on November 2, where NYC Public Advocate Leticia James was the key note speaker.  The awards honored individuals, agencies, and philanthropists who made a major impact on the most pressing human services issues of New York’s nonprofit sector. Other

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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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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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