To the editor:
Recently, community members including those from CAREE (Community Alliance for Responsible Excellence in Education) and CYC (Connecting Youth Coalition) came together to work with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to bring safeTALK to the North Country. The session was held in Lake Placid on Oct. 23.
safeTALK is a training that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and to connect them to suicide first-aid resources. Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help to stay safe. Alert helpers know how to use these opportunities to support that desire for safety.
We would like to express our thanks and appreciation to all who attended, especially Mr. Camelo and the Lake Placid Central School faculty and staff. The facts that we had representation from multiple communities and that all these individuals volunteered three hours of their personal time to become suicide alert helpers attests to the commitment and dedication to providing a safer environment for students and all individuals in our community.
We would also like to thank the Olympic Training Center for allowing us to use their wonderful facility and Laura Marx from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for her efforts in scheduling this training. And most of all, thank you to our terrific trainer, Marianne Reid, assisted by Lisa Riley. Both of these women are dedicated volunteers who travelled from the Albany area to provide this training.
For information on the safeTALK program, go the their website at www.livingworks.net/page/safeTALK. We would love to bring more of these sessions to our community. If you are interested in attending a session, please contact Laura Marx at 518-791-1544 or LMarx@afsp.org.