WHAT WE'VE ACHIEVED:

Since our inception we have held or partnered to hold various programs, events, training and conferences for Suicide Prevention. Here is a short highlight of some of our projects/events:
 

Berkshire Coalition Highlights FY 2011 - 2015

In partnership with Berkshire Medical Center, Youth Suicide Prevention Project/AHEC, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Brien Center &  NAMI-Berkshire County


Conferences: 

1.  Berkshire County’s Youth-at-Risk for Suicide: Identification/Prevention/Intervention/Postvention– June 2011

2.  An Integrated Approach to Understanding Suicidal Behavior addressing LGBT community, military, suicide survivors, brain biology, & assessment of suicide risk , *Conference won a national AFSP award - April 2012  

3.  Building Resilience and Protective Factors for our Youth in Berkshire County: Evidence-based Strategies for Mental Health – Feb 2013

4.  Youth at Risk & What You Can Do About it: Teaching Resilience & Fostering Mentorship for Young People – May 2014

5.  Suicide & Traumatic Loss: Helping Survivors Cope – May 2015


Community Forums, Training & Resources:

1. Annual Legislative Breakfast Forum for Mental Health – Local Meet & Greet with our senator and state representatives to address funding for accessible and timely mental health services, policy initiatives around education and mental health parity, and state budget line-item for suicide prevention; partnership of 5 local organizations

2. Suicide Prevention Education provided to Berkshire County schools (More Than Sad, After a Suicide: Toolkit for Schools, Break Free from Depression and Signs of Suicide:: Prevention & Screening Program) 

3.Best Practice Suicide Alertness Trainings for Community:  QPR (Question, Persuade/Refer), SafeTALK  /ASIST, Mental Health First Aid

4. Screening of films:  The Truth about Suicide:  Real Stories of Depression in College ….

5.  Workshops to assist veterans & active military: Kevin Lambert’s seminar Battlemind , “Understanding the Student Veteran” by Alison Lighthall, Frank Gallo’s seminar in specialized trauma and addiction treatment (ACT) for police, fire, military, veterans, EMTs, and corrections personnel

6.  Provide Public Service Announcements (PSAs) and live interviews with multi-media including  taped Community Television programs, Public broadcast radio, and Online Access  

7. Provide printed material at school and community health fairs and public distribution; including SAMHSA brochures, Lifeline promotions, Real Men/Real Depression Campaign, Bereavement Support groups, Outreach Program, Lifekeeper Quilt Project, Annual International Survivors of Suicide Day,