LUK, Inc. has been awarded funding to provide several Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention Trainings throughout Worcester County. Funds include grants from the Reliant Foundation, Brake The Silence, and UMass Memorial Health – HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital Determination of Needs (DoN).
These trainings include: Suicide Prevention 101 with QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer), LivingWorks safeTALK (suicide prevention), Mental Health First Aid (Adult and Youth options), and Training Active Bystanders (TAB). 900 participants will learn to identify potential mental health concerns, where to receive support, and skills to help others. Trainings are available in English and Spanish for professionals, school personnel, youth serving organizations, families, and youth.
Recent community assessments prioritize mental health concerns and describe a number of barriers that people may experience when navigating mental health systems, from stigmas to culture/language and transportation barriers. Decreasing stigma and increasing awareness of the signs and symptoms of mental health challenges and suicide risk helps those in need receive the support and resources they need to thrive.
Cassandra Foley, Director of Community Engagement & Support, stated that LUK is “Excited to continue to provide quality trainings to members of our communities. Our trainings help to build participants’ confidence in helping someone in need,” Foley stated.
Training will educate participants to identify signs and symptoms of mental health concerns, provide resources to refer individuals to mental health services, and inform participants about community resources.
LUK, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the safety, health, and well-being of youth, families, and adults in Central Massachusetts. As a community-based organization, LUK’s mission is to challenge and inspire youth, adults, and families to realize their unique potential through community-based prevention, intervention, education, and support services.
For more information about LUK, Inc. visit www.LUK.org, call (800) 579-0000, or find them on Facebook. Join us in building communities, family by family!