MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID COURSE (No Credits Offered)
Jun
17
8:00 am08:00

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID COURSE (No Credits Offered)

  • Berkshire South Regional Community Center

WHEN:    June 17, 2017 (Saturday), 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
                Sign-In & Breakfast 8:00-8:30 am         
WHERE:  Berkshire South Regional Community Center
                15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington MA 01230
                (See links below for more details and map
COST:      FREE includes breakfast, lunch, and course materials
CREDITS: NO CREDITS OFFERED
WHAT:     Training for professionals, counselors, the general public, educators,
                 resource personnel and members of faith communities.
QUESTIONS?: Contact Lee Watroba at 413-931-5284 or Lee.Watroba@AustenRiggs.net 

FOR DETAILED INFO/REGISTRATION:
GO TO:    MHFA TRAINING INFO/REGISTRATION
FLYER:       MHFA Class Flyer
MAP:       Berkshire South Regional Community Center Map


ABOUT THIS COURSE
Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses.

This course is delivered by Certified Mental Health First Aid USA Instructors who complete a 5-day training and meet certification requirements

2017 BCSP & Partners Annual Conference
Jun
1
7:30 am07:30

2017 BCSP & Partners Annual Conference

  • Jiminy Peak Conference Center

TRAUMA, SUICIDE & ADDICTION IN THE BERKSHIRES: WHAT WE CAN DO

LAST DAY TO REGISTER - ONLY A FEW SEATS ARE OPEN!

ALL CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS HAVE BEEN APPROVED:

  • Substance Abuse Counselor (7.0 approved)
  • Rehabilitation Counselor (6.75 approved)
  • Psychology (7.0 approved)
  • Nursing (7.0 approved)
  • LMHC (7.0 approved)
  • Social Work (7.0 approved)
  • LMFT (7.0 approved)

CONFERENCE OVERVIEW:

Trauma, Suicide & Addiction in the Berkshires: What We Can Do
The Berkshires, the Commonwealth and the nation are in the middle of an epidemic of suicide, opioid and alcohol poisoning, and chronic liver disease. Adverse childhood experiences that predispose to these events have been identified and are associated with increased risk of suicide attempts and chronic medical conditions.

Understanding the role of trauma in the generating of suffering leads to greater compassion and trauma-informed approaches to prevention, care, healing, and growth. A robust literature around resilience and mentorship suggest proven strategies that can help both individuals and communities organize to meet challenges of this nature.

WEB LINK (Detailed Info and Registration):

www.berkshirecoalition.org/conferenceinfo/

DATE/TIME:

Thursday, June 1, 2017
7:30 am Registration & Breakfast
8:00 am – 4:30 pm Conference

LOCATION:

Jiminy Peak Conference Center
11 Corey Road, Hancock, MA 01237

COSTS:

NOTE: Final conference cost is based on whether CEUs are requested.
Registration - No Credits: $30.00 Includes Registration & Meals ONLY
Registration - With Credits: $60.00 Includes Registration, Meals & CEUs

Credits available for any  of the following: Social Work, Nursing, LMFT, LMHC,  Substance Abuse Counselors, Rehabilitation Counselors and Psychology

REGISTRATION INFO:

Conference will fill before registration deadlines - please register early to guarantee a seat. We will lock registration and setup a waiting list once all seats are reserved


ONLINE REGISTRATION: 
Online registration with payment until May 25th (or until conference is full) using a Credit Card, PayPal or Apple Pay. Once you select choice of Credit/No Credit option fill in questions and proceed to shopping cart icon to complete order.

ONLINE REGISTRATION


MAIL-IN REGISTRATION: (NO PHONE-IN REGISTRATIONS)
Mail-in Registration with payment is only available until May 15th or until full with a completed registration form (Page 4 of Conference Brochure below) and mail with check:
Check payable to: NAMI-Berkshire County
Mail registration and check:
Attn: June Conference, 333 East St. Rm. 417, Pittsfield, MA 01201
More info: (413)443-1666 or email namibc@namibc.org
NOTE: Due to space limitations envelope must be postmarked by May 15th or it cannot be accepted

CONFERENCE BROCHURE:

CLICK FOR CONFERENCE BROCHURE

 

Berkshire County Mental Health Legislative Forum
Apr
10
9:00 am09:00

Berkshire County Mental Health Legislative Forum

  • Berkshire Pathways

WHAT:   Berkshire County Mental Health Legislative Forum
WHEN:   APRIL 10, 2016 (Mon)
TIME:   9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
WHERE:  Berkshire Pathways, 199B South Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Light continental breakfast provided

THIS EVENT IS OVER - Thank you to all those who attended and made their voices heard!


PLEASE JOIN US AS WE:
• Hear from the Berkshire Delegation on funding of Governor’s past cuts
• Receive updates  on Parity, MassHealth Reimbursement and Workforce Challenges
• Share ideas with Delegation on improving access to community mental health and substance abuse services in Berkshire County

Invited Berkshire County Legislators Include:
• Senator Adam G. Hinds
• Representative Paul W. Mark, Second Berkshire District
• Representative Gail M. Cariddi, First Berkshire District
• Representative William “Smitty” Pignatelli,  Fourth Berkshire District
• Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier, Third Berkshire District
 

PURGATORY ROAD HAUNTED HAYRIDE - Please check Facebook for updates
Oct
22
7:00 pm19:00

PURGATORY ROAD HAUNTED HAYRIDE - Please check Facebook for updates

  • PURGATORY ROAD HAUNTED HAYRIDE

PURGATORY ROAD HAUNTED HAYRIDE
OCT 14-15 & OCT 21-22, 7-10 PM

PLEASE CHECK PURGATORY ROAD'S FACEBOOK SITE FOR UPDATES ON SATURDAY'S EVENT (RAIN HAS ALSO BEEN FORECASTED FOR TOMORROW)
WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/PURGATORY.RD.HAUNTED

This is an annual fundraiser held by Betsy Nichols and Joanne Farrell each year and is one of the greatest local fundraising events for our Teen Suicide Prevention Programming/Events. 

190 Cleveland Rd, Dalton, MA 01226
$13 Advance tickets at Dalton CRA until first day of event/ After that $15 at Gate
35 Minute Hayride
Bigger and Better than Ever!

EVENT INFORMATION- Please check Facebook below for latest news for Saturday's event :
WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/PURGATORY.RD.HAUNTED

PURGATORY ROAD HAUNTED HAYRIDE - CANCELLED Tonight
Oct
21
7:00 pm19:00

PURGATORY ROAD HAUNTED HAYRIDE - CANCELLED Tonight

  • PURGATORY ROAD HAUNTED HAYRIDE

~Cancelled tonight due to all day rain~

PURGATORY ROAD HAUNTED HAYRIDE
OCT 14-15 & OCT 21-22, 7-10 PM

This is an annual fundraiser held by Betsy Nichols and Joanne Farrell each year and is one of the greatest local fundraising events for our Teen Suicide Prevention Programming/Events. 

190 Cleveland Rd, Dalton, MA 01226
$13 Advance tickets at Dalton CRA until first day of event/ After that $15 at Gate
35 Minute Hayride
Bigger and Better than Ever!

EVENT INFORMATION:
WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/PURGATORY.RD.HAUNTED

PURGATORY ROAD HAUNTED HAYRIDE
Oct
15
7:00 pm19:00

PURGATORY ROAD HAUNTED HAYRIDE

  • PURGATORY ROAD HAUNTED HAYRIDE

PURGATORY ROAD HAUNTED HAYRIDE
OCT 14-15 & OCT 21-22, 7-10 PM

This is an annual fundraiser held by Betsy Nichols and Joanne Farrell each year and is one of the greatest local fundraising events for our Teen Suicide Prevention Programming/Events. 

190 Cleveland Rd, Dalton, MA 01226
$13 Advance tickets at Dalton CRA until first day of event/ After that $15 at Gate
35 Minute Hayride
Bigger and Better than Ever!

EVENT INFORMATION:
WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/PURGATORY.RD.HAUNTED

PURGATORY ROAD HAUNTED HAYRIDE
Oct
14
7:00 pm19:00

PURGATORY ROAD HAUNTED HAYRIDE

  • PURGATORY ROAD HAUNTED HAYRIDE

PURGATORY ROAD HAUNTED HAYRIDE
OCT 14-15 & OCT 21-22, 7-10 PM

This is an annual fundraiser held by Betsy Nichols and Joanne Farrell each year and is one of the greatest local fundraising events for our Teen Suicide Prevention Programming/Events. 

190 Cleveland Rd, Dalton, MA 01226
$13 Advance tickets at Dalton CRA until first day of event/ After that $15 at Gate
35 Minute Hayride
Bigger and Better than Ever!

EVENT INFORMATION:
WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/PURGATORY.RD.HAUNTED

Berkshire County Out of the Darkness Community Walk for Suicide Prevention
Sep
10
8:03 am08:03

Berkshire County Out of the Darkness Community Walk for Suicide Prevention

  • DCR Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

Berkshire County Out of the Darkness Community Walk for Suicide Prevention

Save the Date - SAT SEPTEMBER 10TH!! 

WHAT:   Berkshire County Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention
WHEN:   SEPT 10, 2016
TIME:      Check in at 8:30 AM
                 Walk will start at 10:30 AM
WHERE: Parking & Registration:  Berkshire Mall (Parking Lot),
                                                              Berkshire Mall Rd, Lanesborough, MA 01237
                 Walk:   DCR Ashuwillticook Rail Trail, Lanesborough, MA 01237
FLYER: Click HERE for Flyer

MORE INFO:

The Out of the Darkness Community Walks take place in over 335 communities across the country this fall, with the proceeds benefiting AFSP.  Berkshire Couny's Walk is an awesome venue.....more details to follow.

More details at Berkshire County Out of The Darkness Walk Facebook site:

https://facebook.com/Berkshire-County-Out-of-the-Darkness-Walk-for-Suicide-Prevention-804758302980770

Info about DCR Ashuwillticook Rail Trail, Berkshire Mall Rd & Rte. 8, Lanesborough, MA 01237

http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-west/ashuwillticook-rail-trail.html

Click for DCR Ashuwillticook Rail Trail Map

Free Training - MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING
Aug
27
7:30 am07:30

Free Training - MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING

  • Austen Riggs Center, Admin. Office Building

BCSP 'S COURSE OFFERING:

For Detailed Info/Registration:
Go to: 
MHFA Training
Click for:  MHFA Course Brochure
Click:  MHFA Flyer

ABOUT MHFA:

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses.

This course is delivered by Certified Mental Health First Aid USA Instructors who have completed a 5-day training and meet the certification requirements. 
 

TRAINING DATE/LOCATION:

Cost: Free, Includes Training, Materials, Credits (see approved CEU's below), and Breakfast & Lunch
Date: August 27, 2016 (Saturday)
Time: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sign-in & breakfast 7:30 am
Location: Austen Riggs Center
Admin Office Building, 25 Main Street, Stockbridge, MA 01262
(See link for more details and map of Austen Riggs)
 

ACCREDITATION/APPROVAL:

Credits have been approved for the following disciplines. If you would like to apply for Professional Development credits for another discipline/authorizing agency you will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance of course upon full attendance for the day:

NURSING:  This program meets the requirements for 8 nursing contact hours as specified by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing - 244 CMR 5.04.

SOCIAL WORK:  This program has been approved for 8 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR.  Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work Authorization No. D 70336-1.

LMFT:  This program has been certified by the FDA/CE for 8 hours of professional continuing education for Marriage and Family Therapists.

LMHC:  Berkshire AHEC and the Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention are cosponsors of this program.  This co-sponsorship has been approved by NBCC.  Berkshire AHEC is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5585.  The ACEP is solely responsible for this program, including the awarding of 8 NBCC continuing education credits.

REHABILITATION COUNSELORS:  The Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) has approved this program for 8 clock hours for rehabilitation counselors.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELORS:  The Massachusetts Board of Substance Abuse Counselor Certification, Inc. (MBSACC) has approved this program for 8 contact hours for substance abuse counselors in Massachusetts.

Other Professional Development Credits:  For those who would like to submit their course attendance for other professional development credit/contact hours we will be providing a Certificate of Attendance (for full attendance only) as well as a downloadable packet of the course objectives, flyer and brochure that you can submit to an authorizing authority/agency not on the above list (We can not guarantee the credits will be accepted/recognized for other than those groups listed above but we will provide those materials to our attendees for assistance with their professional development) 

Middle Aged Men and Suicide—A Troubling Trend
Jul
19
2:00 pm14:00

Middle Aged Men and Suicide—A Troubling Trend

  • Home Instead Senior Care

FREE TRAINING OPPORTUNITY
AFTERNOON CLASS: 2PM - 4PM

WHEN: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - TWO TRAINING TIMES AVAILABLE
MORNING: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm OR AFTERNOON: 2:00 pm —4:00 pm
WHERE: Home Instead Senior Care, 66 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA, 01201COST: FREE *Space is limited.
REGISTRATION: Please Note - BCSP is not responsible for registration of this specific event. For more information or to sign up for one of the training times, please contact: Matthew Bitten — South Bay Mental Health Center (413) 495-1500, ext. 1472 or you can reach Matthew by email: mbitten@southbaymentalhealth.com

CEUs/CERTIFICATES: 2 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) are available for social workers, Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC) and Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselors (LADC). Certificates for 2 hours are available for all others.

The Samaritans of Merrimack Valley, a program of Family Services of the Merrimack Valley is offering a free, Department of Public Health - funded training for clinicians to reduce the incidence of suicide among men ages 35-64. After the training, participants will be able to identify risk and protective factors and warning signs, ask questions about suicide risk, develop a safety plan and provide middle aged men with resources.
2 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) are available for social workers, Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC) and Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselors (LADC). Certificates for 2 hours are available for all others. *Space is limited.

This training is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Suicide Prevention Program and is supported by the following local organizations:
Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention
Massachusetts Coalition For Suicide Prevention
NAMI Berkshire County
Home Instead Senior Care
South Bay Mental Health

FOR MORE INFORMATION: DOWNLOAD FLYER

Middle Aged Men and Suicide—A Troubling Trend
Jul
19
10:00 am10:00

Middle Aged Men and Suicide—A Troubling Trend

  • Home Instead Senior Care

FREE TRAINING OPPORTUNITY
MORNING CLASS: 10AM - 12PM

WHEN: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - TWO TRAINING TIMES AVAILABLE
MORNING: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm OR AFTERNOON: 2:00 pm —4:00 pm
WHERE: Home Instead Senior Care, 66 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA, 01201
COST: FREE *Space is limited.
REGISTRATION: Please Note - BCSP is not responsible for registration of this specific event. For more information or to sign up for one of the training times, please contact: Matthew Bitten — South Bay Mental Health Center (413) 495-1500, ext. 1472 or you can reach Matthew by email: mbitten@southbaymentalhealth.com

CEUs/CERTIFICATES: 2 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) are available for social workers, Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC) and Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselors (LADC). Certificates for 2 hours are available for all others.

The Samaritans of Merrimack Valley, a program of Family Services of the Merrimack Valley is offering a free, Department of Public Health - funded training for clinicians to reduce the incidence of suicide among men ages 35-64. After the training, participants will be able to identify risk and protective factors and warning signs, ask questions about suicide risk, develop a safety plan and provide middle aged men with resources.
2 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) are available for social workers, Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC) and Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselors (LADC). Certificates for 2 hours are available for all others. *Space is limited.

This training is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Suicide Prevention Program and is supported by the following local organizations:
Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention
Massachusetts Coalition For Suicide Prevention
NAMI Berkshire County
Home Instead Senior Care
South Bay Mental Health

FOR MORE INFORMATION: DOWNLOAD FLYER

Jul
7
6:00 pm18:00

Healing After Suicide Loss Support Group

  • Berkshire Children & Families (BCF)

WHAT:   Healing After Suicide Loss
WHEN:   JULY 7, 2016, first Thursday of month
TIME:      6:00 - 7:30 pm
WHERE: Berkshire Children & Families (BCF) 
                480 West St, Pittsfield, MA 01201
 
Watch carefully for the Red Cross sign or the bright green SCHOOL sign in the tree line at 480 West St. Follow long driveway all the way to Red Cross building until you see the sign/door for Berkshire Children & Families, RING for access if door is locked. Go up stairs to the Second floor, Family Resource Center. There is an elevator straight ahead.

Call Peggy at 441-6316, if you have questions.

For More Information on our Resources for those GRIEVING A LOSS BY SUICIDE....


 

 

POSITIVE MESSAGING ON SOCIAL MEDIA FOR YOUTH
Jun
29
5:00 pm17:00

POSITIVE MESSAGING ON SOCIAL MEDIA FOR YOUTH

  • BMC’s Bishop Clapp Building, Conf Rm 1, 1st Floor

POSITIVE MESSAGING ON SOCIAL MEDIA FOR YOUTH

A Presentation on Current Social Media Platforms & Open Discussion to Learn from Berkshire County’s Youth

WHEN: Wed, June 29th, 5:00 – 7:00 pm (Pizza & beverages will be provided)
WHERE: BMC’s Bishop Clapp Bldg, 1st Floor, Conf Rm 1, 742 North St, Pittsfield MA
WHAT: An opportunity to learn about…
              • Current social media platforms
              • How youth are connecting & communicating
              • Using social media to carry out the mission of suicide prevention, intervention                      & postvention
               • Developing a Youth Coalition for Suicide Prevention in the Berkshires

REGISTRATION: Register online at BCSP's Website -  
                           Click for EVENT REGISTRATION:
                           SPACE IS LIMITED - PLEASE REGISTER EARLY

Click link to to Download Flyer

Event held by:
BERKSHIRE COALITION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION
In Partnership with:
MASS DEPT OF HEALTH & MASS COALITION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION

The Bishop Clapp Building is located at 742 North Street, directly across the street
from the main entrance of Berkshire Medical Center.

 

Free Training - Pittsfield Location (June 10th)
Jun
10
7:30 am07:30

Free Training - Pittsfield Location (June 10th)

  • Berkshire Community College

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID COURSE
PITTSFIELD, MA LOCATION

WHEN:    June 10, 2016 (Friday); 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, registration & breakfast 7:30 am
WHERE:  Berkshire Community College, 1350 West St, Pittsfield, MA
COST:      FREE includes breakfast, lunch, course materials and Continuing Education Credits for SW, LMFT, Nursing, Substance Abuse & Rehabilitation Counselors
CREDITS: 8 Continuing Education Credits
WHAT: Training for Nursing, SW, LMHC, LMFT, Rehabilitation Counselors and Substance Abuse Counselors. This training is also appropriate for the general public, educators, resource personnel and members of faith communities.

ABOUT THIS COURSE
Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses.

This course is delivered by Certified Mental Health First Aid USA Instructors who complete a 5-day training and meet certification requirements


INFORMATION & REGISTRATION

More Information and Online Registration:
 http://berkshirecoalition.org/training/

Registration at each location is limited so register early. Please choose only one registration location, (the same course is being offered at each location). If the course(s) fill we have included a 'Waiting List' registration for each Location (this is first come-first serve). If a slot opens we will contact you for the additional required registration information.

Free Training - North Adams Location (June 9th)
Jun
9
7:30 am07:30

Free Training - North Adams Location (June 9th)

  • Holiday Inn,

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID COURSE
NORTH ADAMS, MA LOCATION

WHEN:    June 9, 2016 (Thursday); 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, registration & breakfast 7:30 am
WHERE:  Holiday Inn, 40 Main St, North Adams, MA
COST:      FREE includes breakfast, lunch, course materials and Continuing Education Credits for SW, LMFT, Nursing, Substance Abuse & Rehabilitation Counselors
CREDITS: 8 Continuing Education Credits
WHAT: Training for Nursing, SW, LMHC, LMFT, Rehabilitation Counselors and Substance Abuse Counselors. This training is also appropriate for the general public, educators, resource personnel and members of faith communities.

ABOUT THIS COURSE
Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses.

This course is delivered by Certified Mental Health First Aid USA Instructors who complete a 5-day training and meet certification requirements


INFORMATION & REGISTRATION

More Information and Online Registration:
 http://berkshirecoalition.org/training/

Registration at each location is limited so register early. Please choose only one registration location, (the same course is being offered at each location). If the course(s) fill we have included a 'Waiting List' registration for each Location (this is first come-first serve). If a slot opens we will contact you for the additional required registration information.

Men Get Depression: A Community Conversation
Jun
7
5:00 pm17:00

Men Get Depression: A Community Conversation

  • Home Instead

WHEN: Tuesday, June 7, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
WHERE: Home Instead,  66 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield, MA
COST: This event is FREE and open to all who want to learn more.
REGISTRATION: No RSVP Required. Please drop by to take part in this discussion
PARKING: Plenty of FREE parking at Home Instead in their lot.  
FLYER: Click HERE to download

•Who is most at risk for depression
•How to identify signs and symptoms of depression  
•Ways men can get together for support
•What resources are available in the Berkshire community
 
Presenters:  
 ● Franklin Cook, MassMen
 ● Bill Swann, LICSW, ServiceNet
 ● Matt Bitten, MA, South Bay Community Services
Moderator: Debora Cole-Duffy, LICSW, ServiceNet

“I would literally stare at [my computer] for an hour before doing anything.” . . . “I don’t want to think about anything, I don’t want to move. . . just leave me alone.” . . . “I was verbally abusive to people around me.” . . .“the only emotion that I showed was anger.”  
   
This is how men describe what it feels like to be depressed – even when they are playing football, tending to children, fighting in Iraq, building our streets and houses, creating food and music. Their stories, like those of the six million men in America who struggle with depression, are the subject of a PBS documentary, Men Get Depression... and the subject of a community conversation in the Berkshires!

Please share this event on social media (icons at bottom) Be sure to Like our facebook page and Share. Thank you for reaching out to the public!  
 
Sponsored by:
●Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention
 ●Massachusetts Dept of Public Health Suicide Prevention Program
 ●MassMen
 ●ServiceNet  
 ●South Bay Community Services

Location:
Home Instead, 66 Wendell Ave. Pittsfield MA is located on the right, heading south from East St.  

Jun
2
6:00 pm18:00

Healing After Suicide Loss Support Group

  • Berkshire Children & Families (BCF)

Healing after Suicide Loss
Support Group

WHAT:   Healing After Suicide Loss
WHEN:   JUNE 2, 2016, first Thursday of month
TIME:      6:00 - 7:30 pm
WHERE: Berkshire Children & Families (BCF) 
                480 West St, Pittsfield, MA 01201
 
Watch carefully for the Red Cross sign or the bright green SCHOOL sign in the tree line at 480 West St. Follow long driveway all the way to Red Cross building until you see the sign/door for Berkshire Children & Families, RING for access if door is locked. Go up stairs to the Second floor, Family Resource Center. There is an elevator straight ahead.

Call Peggy at 441-6316, if you have questions.

For More Information on our Resources for those GRIEVING A LOSS BY SUICIDE....

 

May
5
6:00 pm18:00

Healing after Suicide Loss Support Group - MAY

  • Berkshire Children & Families (BCF)

Healing after Suicide Loss
Support Group

WHAT:   Healing After Suicide Loss
WHEN:   MAY 5, 2016, first Thursday of month
TIME:      6:00 - 7:30 pm
WHERE: Berkshire Children & Families (BCF) 
                480 West St, Pittsfield, MA 01201
 
Watch carefully for the Red Cross sign or the bright green SCHOOL sign in the tree line at 480 West St. Follow long driveway all the way to Red Cross building until you see the sign/door for Berkshire Children & Families, RING for access if door is locked. Go up stairs to the Second floor, Family Resource Center. There is an elevator straight ahead.

Call Peggy at 441-6316, if you have questions.

For More Information on our Resources for those GRIEVING A LOSS BY SUICIDE....

 

15th Annual ~ Massachusetts Suicide Prevention Conference
Apr
27
Apr 28

15th Annual ~ Massachusetts Suicide Prevention Conference

  • Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center

WHAT:   The Mass Dept of Public Health 15th Annual Suicide Prevention Conference
WHEN:   APRIL 27 & 28, 2016 (Wed/Thurs)
TIME:      8:15 am - 4:15 pm
WHERE: Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center
                 1657 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA 01701
                 (866)716-8120 or (508)879-7200
COST:     Registration Fee: Includes meals and CEs (Continuing Education Hours)
                 $50 per day / $80 for both days
                 Lodging: A block of overnight rooms have been reserved at the Sheraton
                 Framingham Hotel & Conference Center at a discounted rate of $149.00
                 plus tax. Reduced rate rooms will be held until 5:00 pm on April 1, 2016. 
                (See Conference Registration Link & Flyer for more details)

Conference Registration Link:
http://www.cvent.com/d/ffqzqx

CLICK for Conference Flyer

Please register early. Space is limited!  
This conference will sell out quickly, including hotel rooms at the Sheraton. 

5.5 (per day) hours of Continuing Ed for Licensed / Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (LADC I, LADCII, LADC Assistants, CAC/CADC), Nurses (RN, LPN), Social Workers (SW), Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC), Certified Addiction Specialists (CAS) and Psychologists. 

Become a member of the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention and receive 50% discount/scholarships to this year's conference depending on your level of membership, please visit www.masspreventssuicide.org or email Managing Director, Jen Kelliher at jkelliher@masspreventssuicide.org with any questions about MCSP membership. There will be a free optional reception sponsored by MCSP on Wednesday from 4:30-6:00 pm with free food and program. All are welcome. 

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:
April 27 -- Michael Veny ~ Transforming Stigma into Strength
April 28 -- Michael F. Hogan, Ph.D. ~ Zero Suicide in Health Care: The Missing Link in Suicide Prevention
 
Diverse workshops, register early to get your first choices... A printable version of the conference brochure is available at the link above. 

For more info on registration, please e-mail Laura Guida: laura@adcare-educational.org

SPONSORED BY:
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
 
CO-SPONSORED BY:
Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention
AdCare Educational Institute, Inc. 

 

Healing after Suicide Loss Support Group - APR 7
Apr
7
6:00 pm18:00

Healing after Suicide Loss Support Group - APR 7

  • Berkshire Children & Families (BCF)

Healing after Suicide Loss
Support Group

WHAT:   Healing After Suicide Loss
WHEN:   APR 7, 2016, first Thursday of month
TIME:      6:00 - 7:30 pm
WHERE: Berkshire Children & Families (BCF) 
                480 West St, Pittsfield, MA 01201
 
Watch carefully for the Red Cross sign or the bright green SCHOOL sign in the tree line at 480 West St. Follow long driveway all the way to Red Cross building until you see the sign/door for Berkshire Children & Families, RING for access if door is locked. Go up stairs to the Second floor, Family Resource Center. There is an elevator straight ahead.

Call Peggy at 441-6316, if you have questions.

For More Information on our Resources for those GRIEVING A LOSS BY SUICIDE....

Berkshire County Mental Health Legislative Forum
Apr
4
9:00 am09:00

Berkshire County Mental Health Legislative Forum

  • Berkshire Athenaeum

WHAT:   Berkshire County Mental Health Legislative Forum
WHEN:   APRIL 4, 2016 (Mon)
TIME:      9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
WHERE: Berkshire Athenaeum, One Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA 01201

RSVP by Tues, March 30, 2016 to Brenda at namibc@namibc.org  or (413) 443-1666

Light continental breakfast provided

CLICK for Informational Flyer

PLEASE JOIN US AS WE:

  • Meet with our County’s representatives in the Massachusetts House and Senate
  • Hear from the Berkshire Delegation on what they’ve been working on in the past year and are currently concerned about
  • Receive Updates about Legislative Action; and learn the status of various bills as they relate to Parity; potential reduction of RLC’s and commercial insurance companies pay for ESP
  • Discuss successes and challenges facing Berkshire County’s mental health recovery community
  • Share ideas with others interested in improving access to community mental health services in Berkshire County

Invited Berkshire County Legislators Include:

  • Senator Benjamin B. Downing
  • Representative Paul W. Mark, Second Berkshire District
  • Representative Gail M. Cariddi, First Berkshire District
  • Representative William “Smitty” Pignatelli,  Fourth Berkshire District
  • Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier, Third Berkshire District
3rd Annual LGBTQIA+ LIVE OUT LOUD Community Conference
Apr
2
9:15 am09:15

3rd Annual LGBTQIA+ LIVE OUT LOUD Community Conference

  • Berkshire Community College

WHAT:   3rd Annual LGBTQIA+ LIVE OUT LOUD Community Conference
WHEN:   APRIL 2, 2016 (Sat)
TIME:      9:15 AM to 5:00 PM
WHERE: Berkshire Community College, 1350 West Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201

This event is FREE but donations welcome.

More Information & Registration at:  www.liveoutloudberkshires.org
CLICK for LIVE OUT LOUD Community Conference Flyer

LGBTQIA+ youth, elderly, friends, allies, and community members are all welcome!
Do you self-identify as a member of or are you interested in supporting, the LGBTQIA+ community? Are you looking for an opportunity to celebrate your diversity? Then join us at the third annual Live Out Loud Community Conference.

Keynote Speaker: Pastor Louis Mitchell
A long time activist, advocate, counselor and student, Louis has been involved in the fight for fairness, equity, respect and self-determination for over two decades.

Supported by:
Berkshire Coalition for SUICIDE PREVENTION

Healing after Suicide Loss Support Group - MAR 3
Mar
3
6:00 pm18:00

Healing after Suicide Loss Support Group - MAR 3

  • Berkshire Children & Families (BCF)

Healing after Suicide Loss
Support Group

WHAT:   Healing After Suicide Loss
WHEN:   MAR 3, 2016, first Thursday of month
TIME:      6:00 - 7:30 pm
WHERE: Berkshire Children & Families (BCF) 
                480 West St, Pittsfield, MA 01201
 
Watch carefully for the Red Cross sign or the bright green SCHOOL sign in the tree line at 480 West St. Follow long driveway all the way to Red Cross building until you see the sign/door for Berkshire Children & Families, RING for access if door is locked. Go up stairs to the Second floor, Family Resource Center. There is an elevator straight ahead.

Call Peggy at 441-6316, if you have questions.

For More Information on our Resources for those GRIEVING A LOSS BY SUICIDE....

Healing after Suicide Loss Support Group - FEB 4
Feb
4
6:00 pm18:00

Healing after Suicide Loss Support Group - FEB 4

  • Berkshire Children & Families (BCF)

Healing after Suicide Loss
Support Group

Note: NEW DATE AND LOCATION FOR SUPPORT GROUP
NOW HELD 1ST THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH AT
Berkshire Children & Families (BCF) Family Resource Center
(No longer held at Brien Center)

 

WHAT:   Healing After Suicide Loss
WHEN:   FEB 4, 2016 first Thursday of month
TIME:      6:00 - 7:30 pm
WHERE: Berkshire Children & Families (BCF) 
                480 West St, Pittsfield, MA 01201
 
Watch carefully for the Red Cross sign or the bright green SCHOOL sign in the tree line at 480 West St. Follow long driveway all the way to Red Cross building until you see the sign/door for Berkshire Children & Families, RING for access if door is locked. Go up stairs to the Second floor, Family Resource Center. There is an elevator straight ahead.

Call Peggy at 441-6316, if you have questions.

For More Information on our Resources for those GRIEVING A LOSS BY SUICIDE....

VETERANS EXPO
Nov
12
9:00 am09:00

VETERANS EXPO

  • Crowne Plaza

FREE and open to the public
 
VETERANS EXPO
for Veterans, their families,
and those who serve them.

 Click for Veterans Expo Flyer

 
Thursday, November 12 from 9:00 am - noon
at the Crowne Plaza,
One West Street in Pittsfield


REGISTER by Nov 3rd:
Contact Brenda at namibc@namibc.org or call (413) 443-1666.
FREE Breakfast begins at 8:30 am. Please RSVP early! 

Guest Speakers:
Francisco Urena, Secretary of Veterans' Services, will talk about veteran's issues. Jim Clark, Pittsfield Veterans Service Officer, will address VA aid, survivor pension & state/local benefits.


RESOURCES:
Veteran Education, Benefits/Eligibility, Behavioral Health Services, Senior Veteran Benefits, Job Searches... bring your resumes!

BCC Forum Events ~ This is how it feels: A memoir of attempting suicide and finding life
Nov
5
12:15 pm12:15

BCC Forum Events ~ This is how it feels: A memoir of attempting suicide and finding life

  • Berkshire Community College

BCC Forum Events ~
Live, learn, grow: This is how it feels: A memoir of attempting suicide and finding life

Berkshire Community College
Koussevitzky Arts Center, K-111
1350 West Street, Pittsfield MA, 01201


Thursday, November 5
12:15 PM - 1:45 PM

Craig Miller shares his story of recovery from child abuse, mental health problems, and attempted suicide. What helped, what hurt, what gave him hope.

Free and Open to the public
More info, contact Lisa at lmattila@berkshirecc.edu

Craig Miller's Facebook: www.facebook.com/This-is-How-it-Feels-Craig-A-Miller-268711946570908/timeline/
About Craig Miller: http://livethroughthis.org/craig-miller/

PSYCHOLOGICAL FIRST AID: Berkshire County Professional Development Day
Nov
3
7:45 am07:45

PSYCHOLOGICAL FIRST AID: Berkshire County Professional Development Day

THIS EVENT IS FULL ~ 
Please contact BCSP at events@berkshirecoalition.org
if you are interested in your school holding a similar event

PSYCHOLOGICAL FIRST AID
Berkshire County Professional Development Day
Guidance Counselors, School Adjustment Counselors, School Psychologists and School Nurses

Nov 3, 2015
7:45 AM to 2:30 PM
Lenox Memorial Middle and High School

The PLN’s for Guidance Counselors, School Adjustment Counselors, School Psychologists and School Nurses will join together for professional development on the topic of Psychological First Aid. Jim McCauley, LICSW, from Riverside Trauma Center will provide the training. The goal of this comprehensive training is to prepare individuals to deliver basic behavioral health disaster response following large-scale disasters or smaller scale critical incidents such as homicide, suicide, accidental death, and similarly distressing events. Participants will be presented with an overview of trauma, the human stress response and grief reactions, and how these inform interventions with distressed individuals.

This training has been made possible with the support of the Berkshire County Superintendent’s Roundtable and the Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention.

THIS EVENT IS FULL ~ 
PLEASE CONTACT BCSP at events@berkshirecoalition.org
if you are interested in your school holding a similar event

ManTherapy and MassMen.org Presentation
Oct
27
11:00 am11:00

ManTherapy and MassMen.org Presentation

  • Berkshire Medical Center

ManTherapy and MassMen.org Presentation
By Franklin Cook

Berkshire Medical Center

725 North St. Pittsfield MA 01201
October 27 at 11:00 am

Learn about the current trend in suicides happening within the working-aged men population and how the Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health / Suicide Prevention Program is working to encourage men to find the tools they need to stay well.

MassMen.org: http://massmen.org/
ManTherapy:  http://mantherapy.org/