The following was submitted by Beverly Hospital/Addison Gilbert Hospital:
The Samaritans of Merrimack Valley, a program of Family Service, Inc. has been awarded a suicide prevention grant from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. This grant has allowed them to develop a curriculum for Gatekeepers of Older Adults (those who regularly care for and come into contact with older adults via their job, volunteer positions, family care arrangements, etc.), aimed at suicide awareness, prevention and intervention. The training is geared towards on-clinicians, but for who may benefit. For social workers and nurses, 3.5 CEU's will be awarded. Older adults (over 65) make up 12.7% of the U.S. population, yet they account for 16% of the suicides. Older adults may be at greater risk today in view of the present economic climate.
The free four-hour training workshop, "Suicide & Aging," focuses on recognizing the changes that occur within the aging process and identifying suicide risk factors, warning signs and resilience factors in older adults. Discussion on the prevalence of suicide in our country and state, as well as statistics, suicide myths and truths.
Discussion will also include how to talk with someone who may be at-risk for suicide as well as resources available to help.
The program will be held on Tuesday, March 27 from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m., Spectrum Adult Day Health, 600 Cummings Center, Suite 176x, Beverly. Space is limited. Please RSVP to Susan Harrison at 978-921-2065, extension 221 or firstname.lastname@example.org