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Maine Youth Suicide Prevention Training

June 2, 2008

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On Tuesday, June 10 and Wednesday, June 11, 2008, Maine Parent Federation’s Parent to Parent Program, and the University of Maine at Fort Kent’s Academic Outreach and Student Affairs office will host a training entitled, Maine Youth Suicide Prevention (MYSP) in the Nadeau Hall conference room.  

On Tuesday, June 10, Linda Williams, MA and Greg Marley, MSW will present a full-day “Gatekeeper Training” for adults who serve as the first line of recognition and referral for distressed youth.  Later in the evening, from 7-8:30 p.m. they will host a Community Awareness session.  This session will address warning signs, intervention strategies, as well as address the needs of survivors.                   

On Wednesday, June 11, Ms. Williams and Mr. Marley will present a “Training of Trainers.”  This half-day program is offered to those who have completed the “Gatekeeper Training” and are willing to facilitate suicide prevention awareness to co-workers and other community members.                  

The Maine Youth Suicide Prevention Program (MYSPP) is a collaborative initiative among the agencies of the Maine Children’s Cabinet, representing commissioners and senior staff from the Departments of Health and Human Services; Education; Corrections; Labor; and Public Safety.  The group’s goals are to increase public awareness about suicide prevention, reduce the incidence of suicide behavior among Maine youth aged 10-24, and improve youth access to appropriate prevention and intervention services.                    

The training sessions will be of particular interest to teachers, school administrators, youth leaders, human services professionals, community and faith leaders, and families. There is no fee for any of the training sessions, but pre-registration is requested.  For more information and registration information, please contact Catherine Jandreau, Maine Parent Federation, 834-7908 or visit www.umfk.maine.edu/academics/outreach/.