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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The Big Easy Benefit at St. Bart’s on the Park
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The landmark St. Bart’s on the Park was the site of a Mardi Gras celebration for Samaritans Big Easy benefit hosted by Board Vice President, Wes Puryear, an Executive Director at JP Morgan in support of our suicide prevention programs. With significant participation by JP Morgan staff as well as many of Samaritans long-standing friends and colleagues, close to 250

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Increasing Providers’ Ability To Respond To Youth
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Samaritans partnered with the NYC Department of Education, which serves 1,600 schools and 1.2 million students, to provide a series of professional development workshops that trained over 600 of their frontline mental health staff who work directly with at-risk students in NYC public schools in all five boroughs. The “Increasing Our Comfort and Ability to Respond to Crisis Situations in

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NYC Budget Briefing on the Impact of Suicide
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The New York City Council co-sponsored the city budget briefing, “The keys to reducing the human and economic costs tied to violent, self-destructive and suicidal behavior in NYC” on May 22, 2013 with the Samaritans of New York. In NYC, where suicide is the 4th leading cause of death for those 15-34 years of age, 6th for those 35-44 and

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Working With The National Council (NCSP)
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As a member of the National Council for Suicide Prevention (NCSP), Samaritans participated in the revision of the Surgeon General’s National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, initiation of a NIMH research agenda, revision of the DSM-V and promotion of National Suicide Prevention Day. The revision of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention—which is a blueprint for advancing suicide prevention efforts in

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Brooklyn Bowl Benefit with Lee Fields
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Music was the star of an exciting evening of funk, rock, rhythm & blues at one of NYC’s most exciting venues which donated the entire evening’s receipts to Samaritans. Lee Fields, renowned throughout the music community, poured out his grunts and screams knocking out a legacy of funk and pure soul hits as the evening headliner. Living Colour lead singer Corey

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