The Committee of Methadone Program Administrators of New York State, Inc.

Training Available on Suicide Prevention

According to SAMHSA, people who inject drugs are at about fourteen times greater risk for suicide than the general population.  Persons who abuse or are dependent on alcohol are at ten times greater risk for suicide than the general population.  Recognizing this risk, the Suicide Prevention Center of New York (SPCNY) is eager to make available education and training resources to chemical dependence providers that serve this extremely high risk population.  SPCNY directly provides or arranges for a variety of trainings. 

Trainings run from one to three hours depending on the needs of the group to be trained.  They use programs that are listed in the National Suicide Prevention Resource Center registry of best practices.  The purpose of these trainings is to help people recognize the warning signs of suicide and to know how to respond.  In addition, for those persons who are interested in more intensive trainings, the Center can help arrange for Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training.  This is a two-day intensive program, which is designed for persons who would intervene in a suicidal crisis, and ensure that the person was safe and connected to longer-term treatment.

If you are interested in finding out more information about available trainings or to contact SPCNY staff, please click on the link for the SPCNY Web Site:


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