Virtual program

Virtual program highlights risk factors for suicide

UTICA — With May being Mental Health Awareness Month, the Center for Family Life and Recovery is offering a virtual Suicide Risk Factor Recognition Program on May 24 and an online first aid course. mental health for young people on May 31.

According to Mental Health America, 13.84% of young people between the ages of 12 and 17 report at least one major depressive episode in the past year and if left untreated, issues like this can persist for life. adulthood. New York is the second state in the country in this category, according to a press release. About 9.7% of young people in the United States suffer from severe major depression, which has been on the rise over the past year.

CFLR offers Mental Health First Aid training for youth and is open to the public. This is a skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and addictions issues. The course will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, May 31 with a one hour break for lunch. It is limited to 20 people and costs $75 per person. Register for the online course at:

A screening can be arranged by calling 315-733-1709. The screening only takes a few minutes and once you are done, you will receive information on the next steps to take based on the results.


CFLR also offers a virtual program to help participants learn about common risk factors for suicide, how to spot the warning signs in others, and how to keep ourselves, our loved ones, and community members safe. The virtual event will have two sessions which will be held on May 24 from noon to 1 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. To register, go online at:

Jodi Klostreich, Director of Prevention Services at CFLR, said prevention is key, and that early self-regulation and enhanced positive coping strategies implemented can make all the difference in the way we think, feel and to behave. Klostreich also recommends that if someone is struggling to talk about their mental health, here are some tips:

-Keep a journal, “write as if no one is reading”, share when you feel comfortable.

-Talk to someone who doesn’t know you, such as a counselor or social worker, if you don’t feel comfortable sharing with a family member or friend.

– Use a hobby to express your feelings, such as writing lyrics, poems, or painting.

-Talking to someone to share your difficulties is courageous and can relieve you of a lot of weight, and it can also help improve support.

-Remember that you are not alone.