Survivor Day
Nov
17
9:00 AM09:00

Survivor Day

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Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) are co-hosting this event, which is a part of International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, created to bring together people affected by suicide loss in their local communities, to find comfort and gain understanding as they share stories of healing and hope.

The day begins at 9 a.m. with registration and breakfast refreshments, followed at 9:30 by a welcome and screening of “A Daughter’s Journey,” an AFSP-produced documentary film of young adult’s experience with life, coping and growth after the loss of her father.  A discussion of the film and sharing of attendees’ stories will follow at 10:00 am. The morning concludes with a healing activity: the creation of memorial candles and ornaments for participants to take home.

The event is free and open to the public; ample parking is available.

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safeTALK Training - Thurs, May 31st
May
31
5:30 PM17:30

safeTALK Training - Thurs, May 31st

safeTALK TRAINING, Stockbridge, MA - 5/31/18

DATE: Thursday, May 31, 2018
TIME: 5:30pm-8:30pm

LOCATION: Austen Riggs Center- 25 Main St., Stockbridge, MA 01262
COST: $10.00 (Scholarships available)
REGISTRATION: https://afsp.wufoo.com/forms/zwefbu11nfb2sh/

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CREDITS: 3 CEU's will be available via an online quiz and online $15 payment after the course is completed.

Hosted by: AFSP Western Mass


safeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources, such as caregivers trained in ASIST.

Since its development in 2006, safeTALK has been used in over 20 countries around the world, and more than 200 selectable video vignettes have been produced to tailor the program’s audio-visual component for diverse audiences. safeTALK-trained helpers are an important part of suicide-safer communities, working alongside intervention resources to identify and avert suicide risks.

LEARNING GOALS AND OBJECTIVES:

Over the course of their training, safeTALK participants will learn to:
• Notice and respond to situations where suicide thoughts might be present
• Recognize that invitations for help are often overlooked
• Move beyond the common tendency to miss, dismiss, and avoid suicide
• Apply the TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe
• Know community resources and how to connect someone with thoughts of suicide to them for further help
 

TRAINING FEATURES:

• Presentations and guidance from a LivingWorks registered trainer
• Access to support from a local community resource person

• Powerful audiovisual learning aids
• The simple yet effective TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe
• Hands-on skills practice and development

safeTALK helps expand the reach of suicide intervention skills in communities around the world. 

MORE INFORMATION - CONTACT:
Heather White
hwhite@afsp.org
(413) 387-3770


 
 

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PURGATORY ROAD HOLIDAZE - HAUNTED CORN MAZE
Oct
21
7:00 PM19:00

PURGATORY ROAD HOLIDAZE - HAUNTED CORN MAZE

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PURGATORY ROAD HOLIDAZE - HAUNTED CORN MAZE
190 Cleveland Rd, Dalton, MA 01226
OCT 13-14 & OCT 20-21, 7-10 PM

TICKETS ONLY SOLD AT THE DOOR - $10/PERSON

WALK YOUR WAY THROUGH OUR 2 ACRE HAUNTED CORN MAZE!
The maze is NOT recommended for children under the age of 12. All proceeds benefit Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention. 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. 
 Please make all checks payable to BCSP

Event Flyer:
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EVENT INFORMATION: (Check here for more information, weather updates etc)
WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/PURGATORY.RD.HAUNTED

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PURGATORY ROAD HOLIDAZE - HAUNTED CORN MAZE
Oct
20
7:00 PM19:00

PURGATORY ROAD HOLIDAZE - HAUNTED CORN MAZE

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PURGATORY ROAD HOLIDAZE - HAUNTED CORN MAZE
190 Cleveland Rd, Dalton, MA 01226
OCT 13-14 & OCT 20-21, 7-10 PM

TICKETS ONLY SOLD AT THE DOOR - $10/PERSON

WALK YOUR WAY THROUGH OUR 2 ACRE HAUNTED CORN MAZE!
The maze is NOT recommended for children under the age of 12. All proceeds benefit Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention. 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. 
 Please make all checks payable to BCSP

Event Flyer:
DOWNLOAD EVENT FLYER

EVENT INFORMATION: (Check here for more information, weather updates etc)
WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/PURGATORY.RD.HAUNTED

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Berkshire County Out of the Darkness Community Walk for Suicide Prevention
Oct
15
8:30 AM08:30

Berkshire County Out of the Darkness Community Walk for Suicide Prevention

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Berkshire County Out of the Darkness Community Walk for Suicide Prevention
WHEN:  
Sunday, October 15th 
                Check-in/Registration: 8:30 am
                Walk Begins: 10:00 am    
                Walk Ends: 12:00 pm
WHERE: Ashwilticook Rail Trail, Adams, MA
               Parking & Registration:  
               Adams Visitor Center,
               3 Hoosac St, Adams, MA 01220
               (Trail starts behind Visitor Center)

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

REGISTRATION (As individual and/or team) OR DONATE :
www.afsp.org/berkshirecounty

INFO ABOUT WALK ON FACEBOOK:
More details at Berkshire County Out of The Darkness Walk Facebook site:
www.facebook.com/Berkshire-County-Out-of-the-Darkness-Walk-for-Suicide-Prevention-804758302980770

WALK FLYER: Click to Download

Printable webpage with detailed info: Berkshire County Out of the Darkness Walk

Click to download map: DCR Ashuwillticook Rail Trail Map

Info about DCR Ashuwillticook Rail Trail:
http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-west/ashuwillticook-rail-trail.html

For more information, please contact:

Lee Watroba
Phone: 413-387-3770 
Email: lee.watroba@austenriggs.net

Bertha Connelley
Email: bertha.connelley@austenriggs.net
 

Online registration closes at noon (local time) the Friday before the walk. However, anyone who would like to participate can register in person at the walk from the time check-in begins until the walk starts. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.

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PURGATORY ROAD HOLIDAZE - HAUNTED CORN MAZE
Oct
14
7:00 PM19:00

PURGATORY ROAD HOLIDAZE - HAUNTED CORN MAZE

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PURGATORY ROAD HOLIDAZE - HAUNTED CORN MAZE
190 Cleveland Rd, Dalton, MA 01226
OCT 13-14 & OCT 20-21, 7-10 PM

TICKETS ONLY SOLD AT THE DOOR - $10/PERSON

WALK YOUR WAY THROUGH OUR 2 ACRE HAUNTED CORN MAZE!
The maze is NOT recommended for children under the age of 12. All proceeds benefit Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention. 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. 
 Please make all checks payable to BCSP

Event Flyer:
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EVENT INFORMATION: (Check here for more information, weather updates etc)
WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/PURGATORY.RD.HAUNTED

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PURGATORY ROAD HOLIDAZE - HAUNTED CORN MAZE
Oct
13
7:00 PM19:00

PURGATORY ROAD HOLIDAZE - HAUNTED CORN MAZE

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PURGATORY ROAD HOLIDAZE - HAUNTED CORN MAZE
190 Cleveland Rd, Dalton, MA 01226
OCT 13-14 & OCT 20-21, 7-10 PM

TICKETS ONLY SOLD AT THE DOOR - $10/PERSON

WALK YOUR WAY THROUGH OUR 2 ACRE HAUNTED CORN MAZE!
The maze is NOT recommended for children under the age of 12. All proceeds benefit Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention. 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. 
 Please make all checks payable to BCSP

Event Flyer:
DOWNLOAD EVENT FLYER

EVENT INFORMATION: (Check here for more information, weather updates etc)
WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/PURGATORY.RD.HAUNTED

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The S Word Screening
Oct
13
6:00 PM18:00

The S Word Screening

The S Word Documentary
WHERE:     COLONIAL THEATRE,
                 111 SOUTH STREET, PITTSFIELD, MA 01201
WHEN:       FRI, OCT 13, 2017 6:00-8:30 PM
COST:        FREE
REGISTER: PLEASE CALL THE COLONIAL BOX OFFICE
                 AT (413) 997-4444 TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT
FLYER: Click To Download

There is no cost to attend but we do ask that you pre-register by calling the Colonial Theatre Box Office at (413) 997-4444 to reserve your seat. The film will be introduced by Director Lisa Klein and will be followed by a Q & A session.

The goals of The S Word are to open the conversation, reduce the shame and silence that have clung to suicide for far too long, and strive toward prevention of the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.  The screening is appropriate for ages 15 and up.

From the filmmakers of the award-winning Of Two Minds comes a new documentary that will tackle one of the most unfathomable and cloistered issues of our time. Suicide.  The S Word will put a human face on this often feared and misunderstood topic - delving into the hearts and minds of suicide attempt survivors, along with the families and loved ones who are left behind to suffer the anguish, guilt, and confusion of death by suicide.

This event is one piece of a four-part suicide awareness campaign launched by the 10 regional coalitions within the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention. The MCSP operates under the auspices for the MA Department of Public Health's Suicide Prevention Program.  The S Word is being screened in New Bedford, MA on the 12th, Pittsfield, MA on the 13th, Wakefield, MA on the 14th and a Central MA location on the 15th.

MORE INFO: PEGGY MORSE:  413-441-6316,  peggyf@verizon.net

MORE INFO ABOUT THE MOVIE: 
HTTP://THESWORDMOVIE.COM/


 

 

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RESILIENCE: FREE documentary screening and discussion
Oct
3
6:30 PM18:30

RESILIENCE: FREE documentary screening and discussion

RESILIENCE: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope
FREE documentary screening and discussion

WHEN:   Tues, October 3, 2017 at 6:30-8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Triplex Cinema
               70 Railroad St, Great Barrington, MA 01230
FLYER: Click to download Flyer

Also being shown: 
Little Cinema at the Berkshire Museum
39 South St., Pittsfield, MA 01201
Tues, September 26, 2017 at 5-7 p.m.

To Register go to
berkshireunitedway.org

Learn how you can build resilience in your life and the lives of others
 at a FREE documentary screening and discussion about RESILIENCE: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope

Complimentary, light refreshments will be served.

For more info visit:
berkshireunitedway.org

Or contact:

Stephanie Adornetto
Berkshire United Way
413-442-6948 ext. 22
sadornetto@berkshireunitedway.org

 

Read more at http://kpjrfilms.co/resilience/press/

Watch the trailer at the link...Watch film trailer

"The child may not remember, but the body remembers"Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the new documentary Resilience reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune.Resilience, however, also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education, and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress—and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose.

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RESILIENCE: FREE documentary screening and discussion
Sep
26
5:00 PM17:00

RESILIENCE: FREE documentary screening and discussion

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RESILIENCE: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope
FREE documentary screening and discussion

WHEN: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 5-7 p.m.
WHERE: Little Cinema at the Berkshire Museum
               39 South St., Pittsfield, MA 01201
FLYER: Click to download Flyer

Also being shown: 
Triplex Cinema, 
70 Railroad St, Great Barrington, MA 01230
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 6:30-8:30 p.m.


Click Here to Register

Learn how you can build resilience in your life and the lives of others
 at a FREE documentary screening and discussion about RESILIENCE: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope

Complimentary, light refreshments will be served.

For more info visit:
 berkshireunitedway.org

Or contact:

Stephanie Adornetto
Berkshire United Way
413-442-6948 ext. 22
sadornetto@berkshireunitedway.org

 

Read more at http://kpjrfilms.co/resilience/press/

Watch the trailer at the link...Watch film trailer

"The child may not remember, but the body remembers"Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the new documentary Resilience reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune.Resilience, however, also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education, and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress—and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose.

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MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID COURSE (No Credits Offered)
Jun
17
8:00 AM08:00

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID COURSE (No Credits Offered)

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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

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2017 BCSP & Partners Annual Conference
Jun
1
7:30 AM07:30

2017 BCSP & Partners Annual Conference

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

 

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Berkshire County Mental Health Legislative Forum
Apr
10
9:00 AM09:00

Berkshire County Mental Health Legislative Forum

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
 

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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
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

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PURGATORY ROAD HAUNTED HAYRIDE - CANCELLED Tonight
Oct
21
7:00 PM19:00

PURGATORY ROAD HAUNTED HAYRIDE - CANCELLED Tonight

~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

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PURGATORY ROAD HAUNTED HAYRIDE
Oct
15
7:00 PM19:00

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

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PURGATORY ROAD HAUNTED HAYRIDE
Oct
14
7:00 PM19:00

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

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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

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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

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Free Training - MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING
Aug
27
7:30 AM07:30

Free Training - MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING

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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) 

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Middle Aged Men and Suicide—A Troubling Trend
Jul
19
2:00 PM14:00

Middle Aged Men and Suicide—A Troubling Trend

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

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Middle Aged Men and Suicide—A Troubling Trend
Jul
19
10:00 AM10:00

Middle Aged Men and Suicide—A Troubling Trend

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

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Jul
7
6:00 PM18:00

Healing After Suicide Loss Support Group

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....


 

 

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