Centre for Suicide Prevention and Millbrook Technologies Inc Launch River of Life

Centre for Suicide Prevention and Millbrook Technologies Inc Launch River of Life











Calgary, Alberta (Vocus) September 9, 2010

Canadians join world-wide efforts to acknowledge World Suicide Prevention Day. East and West have come together in a partnership to help prevent the growing rate of Aboriginal youth suicide.

The Centre for Suicide Prevention developed the content materials and Millbrook Technologies brought these to life in the first ever online Aboriginal suicide prevention training program in the world.

Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations says, “The River of Life is a practical tool that will be instrumental in building resiliency in communities and we are proud to support this initiative.”

This unique online training program is “Excellent! Covers a difficult topic related to different pieces of history. It has a message of resiliency and hope… it inspires you to do something” (C.E. Bird).

This course is “so much what people are hungry for, looking exactly for this content” (J.S., Youth Health Educator).

Centre for Suicide Prevention

The Centre for Suicide Prevention (CSP) is an education centre specializing in curricula development, training, and providing library and information services. The purpose of the Centre is to inform and equip people with additional knowledge and skills in the prevention of suicide.

“We are hopeful that ongoing discussions with government may result in financial support for this ‘one-of-a-kind’, first ever, online Aboriginal suicide prevention course. How truly proud we are, as Canadians, to offer this to our international friends” (Diane Yackel, CSP Executive Director).

Millbrook Technologies Inc.

Millbrook Technologies Inc. is located in Nova Scotia, Canada and is owned by the Millbrook First Nation. Millbrook Technologies Inc. specializes in the customization of advanced technologies and building unique courseware.

Who should take the program?

The prevention of Aboriginal youth suicide is a community effort and therefore prevention responsibility should not be left to a single person. Front line workers are obviously those directly involved in the health and well being of the youth in their community.

Mental health workers, addiction counsellors, nurses, youth counsellors, community outreach workers, family members and social services personnel are some of those occupations who should be equipped with the skills to identify and enhance the protective factors that will mitigate the risk of suicide.

In addition, we recommend that police officers, teachers, Friendship Centre staff, probation officers, correctional services workers, foster parents, Elders, band council members and clergy also participate.

Unfortunately too many communities wait until they are in crisis to mobilize their resources. The River of Life program has been designed to provide training to a very diverse group of people within the community to work together in the development of community based strategies. The knowledge provided and skills acquired will result in a positive preventative community action plan.

For more information or to register please go to http://www.riveroflifeprogram.ca

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Mental Health Awareness and Education Website Offers Free Information for Veterans and Their Families Dealing With Suicide and Depression

Mental Health Awareness and Education Website Offers Free Information for Veterans and Their Families Dealing With Suicide and Depression











MentalHelp.net


Columbus, OH (PRWEB) May 19, 2008

MentalHelp.net, a site dedicated to educating and informing the public, has announced that additional resources are available on the site for soldiers, their families and anyone with questions about how the Iraq war is impacting suicide rates and depression among military personnel.

“The soldiers, their families and the public are increasingly concerned about suicide, depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental health issues related to the Iraq war,” Mark Dombeck, Ph.D., founder of MentalHelp.net said. “The number of Iraq war veterans needing mental health care continues to rise sharply.”

“MentalHelp.net is an excellent resource for finding information on certain mental illnesses and disorders. MentalHelp.net’s mission is to help educate the public about mental illness and the importance of treatment,” he added. “Mental health is an integral part of health care, but is often overlooked because of inaccessibility. Many people are not sure if they need help, and that is where the material at MentalHelp.net comes in. From symptoms of certain mental illnesses and disorders, to living with someone who has a mental illness, MentalHelp.net is an excellent free resource for anything regarding mental illnesses.”

Natalie Staats Reiss, Ph.D and an editor at the site added, “Many soldiers coming home from war are in desperate need of help from a therapist, but many think they do not need the help. MentalHelp.Net has a plethora of articles about disorders and mental illnesses that may be affecting veterans. Two common ones are post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and major depression.”

“There are a variety of other issues that can arise when a soldier returns from war, and MentalHelp.net has information on these as well. These articles can help not only the veterans themselves, but the families of these veterans. Family members can access hundred of articles explaining a mental illness or disorder and learn the symptoms so they can help their loved one” Riess explained.

“PTSD is very common among veterans and can be treated in a variety of ways. Some can be helped by therapy visits, and others can be helped by medication. Recent statistics show that one in five soldiers returning from war suffer from PTSD. Left untreated, serious consequences can occur,” added Dombeck. “MentalHelp.net strives to get the word out to the public about the importance of treatment for these issues and get our veterans the help that they need.”

MentalHelp.net has a therapist finder feature on their website that allows anyone to search for a therapist in their area based on the issue for which they would be seen. Veterans and family members alike can use this feature to locate a mental health professional who will be able to provide the services needed. Other features on the MentalHelp.net website are question and answer sections, an online mental help support community where people can give and receive advice on certain mental illnesses, and blogs written by mental health professionals.

“With all of the information that MentalHelp.net has to offer, help for veterans is just a click away. By spending a little time on the website, you can read about a mental illness, read about the symptoms, and find a mental health professional in your area,” Dombeck said. “This free resource is extremely valuable and easy to use in order to get our veterans the help they need–and deserve.”

About MentalHelp.net

The MentalHelp.net website exists to promote mental health and wellness education and advocacy.

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Alliance of Hope Named Top Nonprofit for Work with Suicide Survivors

Alliance of Hope Named Top Nonprofit for Work with Suicide Survivors











“Remembrance” photo courtesy of Henning Mühlinghaus


Evanston, IL (PRWEB) July 27, 2011

The Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors (AOH) has been recognized by ratings organization GreatNonprofits as a 2011 Top-Rated Health Nonprofit– earning the highest spot for a newcomer on the list, and the number two spot overall. The ranking honors AOH’s work to help people cope with the shock, excruciating grief, and complex emotions that occur when a loved one dies by suicide.

During a June national campaign, GreatNonprofits, in cooperation with GuideStar and Charity Navigator, gathered reviews of 369 organizations from thousands of clients, donors and volunteers. AOH garnered a near perfect five-star rating.

According to the World Health Organization, there are one million suicides in the world each year and one suicide every 15 minutes in the United States. For each victim, eight others suffer a devastating grief that is not well-understood by most professionals, let alone the general public.

“The outpouring of gratitude expressed in our reviews reaffirms the need for our services and the difference we’re making. It inspires us to want to do more,” said Ronnie Walker, founding director of AOH and a licensed clinical mental health counselor who lost her stepson to suicide in 1995.

AOH is based online at http://www.allianceofhope.org, offering services that transcend time and distance – often reaching suicide grievers in places where little or no support exists. Services include a clinically-moderated forum, live consultations for new grievers, and a website that features a blog, bookstore, memorials, and a special section for those in uniform.

The AOH community forum operates like a 24/7/365 support group for new and longtime grievers, also known as “suicide survivors.” It hosts thousands of members from around the world, with more than 30,000 posts covering all aspects of the survivor experience. It brings together people from many cultures and faith traditions – offering useful information as well as empathy, hope, and friendship. The forum is carefully tended by a mental health counselor and trained team of veteran-survivor moderators. Many members call it their “lifeline.”

Walker, a 64 year-old grandmother of four, launched AOH in 2008 from her kitchen in Evanston, Illinois. She took a class in web design at the local high school and wrote and built the website herself. It is now a leading resource for suicide survivors worldwide. Approximately 15,000 people visit AOH’s site each month, and the nonprofit has drawn interest from people in more than 105 countries.

“I started AOH to expand the quality of support for people dealing with the debilitating, traumatic pain that accompanies loss to suicide. I have been moved by the courage, compassion, and commitment of our members who, together, have created a very special place of connection,” said Walker. “My goal is to ensure every survivor has the support they need.”

Ninety percent of AOH’s reviews on GreatNonprofits came from suicide survivors served by the nonprofit.

“In many dark hours I have gained comfort, hope, support and validation from other suicide survivors as they share their journey,” said a client of AOH. “Many times, I have been able to make it another day because of the many posts and the kind of support available.”

The full list of reviews can be found here.

About the Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors

The Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors, http://www.allianceofhope.org, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides healing support to those who have lost loved ones to suicide. The online services transcend time and distance – often reaching suicide grievers in places where little or no support exists. The website features a blog, bookstore, memorials and a special section for those in uniform. The AOH community forum hosts thousands of members from around the world and more than 30,000 posts describing the survivor experience. It is carefully tended by a mental health counselor and trained team of veteran-survivor moderators. Many members say it is their “lifeline.”

AOH is recommended by major international organizations such as the American Association of Suicidology, Canadian Mental Health Association, Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS), and many others. In 2011, it was rated a Top Health Nonprofit by GreatNonprofits.

About GreatNonprofits

GreatNonprofits, a 501(c)3 organization, is the leading developer of tools that allow people to find, review, and share information about nonprofits. GreatNonprofits is funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, Sand Hill Foundation, Morgan Family Foundation, Peery Foundation, and individual donors. GreatNonprofits is led by Perla Ni, founder and former publisher of the Stanford Social Innovation Review. More about the national board and advisory board are here.

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