Third Thursdays - Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Sep
19
5:00 PM17:00

Third Thursdays - Pittsfield, Massachusetts

  • All of North Street from West St to Linden St (map)
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Third Thursdays - Pittsfield, Massachusetts


Visit BCSP’s table for more information about our mission!

WHEN: Thursday, September 19 - 5pm-8pm, rain or shine

WHERE: North Street, Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201
(The section of North Street from West Street to Linden Street)

PARKING: Free parking throughout downtown’s Upstreet Cultural District

COST: FREE

INFO: For more information on 3rd Thursdays please visit https://discoverpittsfield.com/3rdthursdays/, email slemme@cityofpittsfield.org or call 413-499-9348.

Every Third Thursday, May through September, come rain or come shine, the section of North Street from West Street to Linden Street will be closed to vehicular traffic, and the street will be filled with live music and performances, a variety of local food, vendors, and community activities. All 3rd Thursdays are smoke-free.

3rd Thursdays season sponsors include: Berkshire Bank; General Dynamics Mission Systems; Greylock Federal Credit Union and Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. 3rd Thursdays is organized by the City of Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development.



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Healing after Suicide Loss Support Group
Oct
3
5:30 PM17:30

Healing after Suicide Loss Support Group

  • 18 Degrees Family Services (formerly known as Berkshire Children & Families) (map)
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Healing after Suicide Loss Support Group

WHAT:   Healing After Suicide Loss
WHEN:   October 3, 2019, Always the first Thursday of month
TIME:      5:30 - 7:00 pm
WHERE: 18 Degrees Family Services (formerly known as Berkshire Children & Families)
2nd Floor Conference Room (there is an elevator)
480 West St, Pittsfield, MA 01201
 
Directions:
Watch carefully for the 18 Degrees sign or the bright yellow SCHOOL sign in the tree line at 480 West St. Follow long driveway all the way to 18 Degrees/Family Resource Building

Meet in Second Floor Conference Room at top of stairs (Immediately to right). There is an elevator on first floor straight ahead.

Who We Are:
There is a safe place in our community for survivors (families and loved ones of suicide victims) to share their loss with others who are experiencing similar thoughts and feelings.We are a group of survivors offering support and healing. Groups are open to all adult survivors of suicide loss.

This group is led by American Foundation of Suicide Prevention trained facilitator,  also a survivor of suicide loss. Call or text Peggy with questions at 757-441-6316. or email suicideloss@berkshirecoalition.org

For More Information on Healing After Suicide Loss
see our Resources Page: GRIEVING A LOSS BY SUICIDE....

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Berkshire County - Out Of The Darkness Community Walk
Oct
5
9:00 AM09:00

Berkshire County - Out Of The Darkness Community Walk

Out of the Darkness Berkshire County Walk

Event Details

Walk Date: 10/05/2019
Walk Location: The Common Park, 100 First Street, Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201
Check-in/Registration Time: 9:00 am
Walk Begins: 10:00 am
Walk Ends: 12:00 pm

For More Information or to Register or Donate:
https://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=6509

Online registration closes at noon (local time) the Friday before the walk. However, anyone who would like to participate can register in person at the walk from the time check-in begins until the walk starts. Registration is free and open to the public. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.

This year we are holding our walk at The Common Park, 100 First Street, Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201. Funds raised for the walk go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and will help with local Berkshire County education and programs.

Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Berkshire County Walk

When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss. Thanks to Walkers and Donors like you, AFSP has been able to set a goal to reduce the annual suicide rate 20% by 2025.

Help Spread the Word!

T-Shirts - Raise $150 by 10/05/2019 and receive an official Out of the Darkness Walk T-shirt!. Remember, in addition to fundraising online, you will be able to turn in additional cash or check donations at the registration table the day of the Walk. 

Activities of Hope and Healing

Honor Beads

Losing someone to suicide or struggling with a mental illness can feel like no one understands what you are going through. Unlike other illnesses, it is difficult to look at someone and know their connection.

There is an honor bead for everyone, whether you have lost a loved one, struggle personally, support a friend and/or family member, or all of the above.

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The Out of the Darkness Community Walk is a journey of remembrance, hope, support, and a walk that unites a campus and community – a time to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and our loved ones. 

Thank you for your support! We look forward to seeing you at the walk!

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PURGATORY ROAD OUIJA
Oct
11
7:00 PM19:00

PURGATORY ROAD OUIJA

  • 190 Cleveland Road Dalton, MA, 01226 United States (map)
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PURGATORY ROAD OUIJA - Fri, Oct 11 - 7pm-10pm

Let the Ouija Board draw you in for the final time!

This is last year for the fund raiser…please come out and support this wonderful event and thank all the fantastic volunteers!

When: October 11 - 7pm-10pm (or until tickets are sold out)

Where: 190 Cleveland Rd, Dalton MA

Cost: $15/person - Tickets sold at door (Tickets are limited)

Special Note: Tickets sold onsite only - for past events the tickets sell out early and all tickets are usually sold out well before closing time. The maze is not recommended for children under the age of 12

UPDATES: See Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/purgatory.rd.haunted/ for updates for weather etc

Walk your way through our 2 acre haunted corn maze!

We're back!!!!!!!!

Work is underway to bring another chilling corn maze to you. And as always, all the money raised supports BCSP, Inc. (Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention) We only run for 4 nights so please put us on your calendars. See you in October!!

2019 marks Purgatory Road's 8th and final year. We want to make it our best! We'll terrify you .....while we all raise more awareness of suicide prevention....

See you in the corn.....

The maze is NOT recommended for children under the age of 12. All proceeds benefit Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention Inc

Please make all checks payable to BCSP, Inc

TICKETS ONLY SOLD AT THE DOOR

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PURGATORY ROAD OUIJA
Oct
12
7:00 PM19:00

PURGATORY ROAD OUIJA

  • 190 Cleveland Road Dalton, MA, 01226 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

PURGATORY ROAD OUIJA - Sat, Oct 12 - 7pm-10pm

LET THE OUIJA BOARD DRAW YOU IN FOR THE FINAL TIME!

This is last year for the fund raiser…please come out and support this wonderful event and thank all the fantastic volunteers!

When: Saturday, October 12 - 7 pm-10 pm (or until tickets are sold out)

Where: 190 Cleveland Rd, Dalton MA

Cost: $15/person - Tickets sold at door (Tickets are limited)

Special Note: Tickets sold onsite only - for past events the tickets sell out early and all tickets are usually sold out well before closing time. The maze is not recommended for children under the age of 12

UPDATES: See Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/purgatory.rd.haunted/ for updates for weather etc

Walk your way through our 2 acre haunted corn maze!

We're back!!!!!!!!

Work is underway to bring another chilling corn maze to you. And as always, all the money raised supports BCSP, Inc. (Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention) We only run for 4 nights so please put us on your calendars. See you in October!!

2019 marks Purgatory Road's 8th and final year. We want to make it our best! We'll terrify you .....while we all raise more awareness of suicide prevention....

See you in the corn.....

The maze is NOT recommended for children under the age of 12. All proceeds benefit Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention Inc

Please make all checks payable to BCSP, Inc

TICKETS ONLY SOLD AT THE DOOR



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PURGATORY ROAD OUIJA
Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

PURGATORY ROAD OUIJA

  • 190 Cleveland Road Dalton, MA, 01226 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

PURGATORY ROAD OUIJA - FRI, OCT 18 - 7PM-10PM

LET THE OUIJA BOARD DRAW YOU IN FOR THE FINAL TIME!

This is last year for the fund raiser…please come out and support this wonderful event and thank all the fantastic volunteers!

When: October 18 - 7pm-10pm (or until tickets are sold out)

Where: 190 Cleveland Rd, Dalton MA

Cost: $15/person - Tickets sold at door (Tickets are limited)

Special Note: Tickets sold onsite only - for past events the tickets sell out early and all tickets are usually sold out well before closing time. The maze is not recommended for children under the age of 12

UPDATES: See Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/purgatory.rd.haunted/ for updates for weather etc

Walk your way through our 2 acre haunted corn maze!

We're back!!!!!!!!

Work is underway to bring another chilling corn maze to you. And as always, all the money raised supports BCSP, Inc. (Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention) We only run for 4 nights so please put us on your calendars. See you in October!!

2019 marks Purgatory Road's 8th and final year. We want to make it our best! We'll terrify you .....while we all raise more awareness of suicide prevention....

See you in the corn.....

The maze is NOT recommended for children under the age of 12. All proceeds benefit Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention Inc

Please make all checks payable to BCSP, Inc

TICKETS ONLY SOLD AT THE DOOR

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PURGATORY ROAD OUIJA
Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

PURGATORY ROAD OUIJA

  • 190 Cleveland Road Dalton, MA, 01226 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

PURGATORY ROAD OUIJA - SAT, OCT 19 - 7PM-10PM

LET THE OUIJA BOARD DRAW YOU IN FOR THE FINAL TIME!

This is last year for the fund raiser…please come out and support this wonderful event and thank all the fantastic volunteers!

When: Saturday, October 12 - 7 pm-10 pm (or until tickets are sold out)

Where: 190 Cleveland Rd, Dalton MA

Cost: $15/person - Tickets sold at door (Tickets are limited)

Special Note: Tickets sold onsite only - for past events the tickets sell out early and all tickets are usually sold out well before closing time. The maze is not recommended for children under the age of 12

UPDATES: See Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/purgatory.rd.haunted/ for updates for weather etc

Walk your way through our 2 acre haunted corn maze!

We're back!!!!!!!!

Work is underway to bring another chilling corn maze to you. And as always, all the money raised supports BCSP, Inc. (Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention) We only run for 4 nights so please put us on your calendars. See you in October!!

2019 marks Purgatory Road's 8th and final year. We want to make it our best! We'll terrify you .....while we all raise more awareness of suicide prevention....

See you in the corn.....

The maze is NOT recommended for children under the age of 12. All proceeds benefit Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention Inc

Please make all checks payable to BCSP, Inc

TICKETS ONLY SOLD AT THE DOOR



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Healing after Suicide Loss Support Group
Nov
7
5:30 PM17:30

Healing after Suicide Loss Support Group

  • 18 Degrees Family Services (formerly known as Berkshire Children & Families) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Healing after Suicide Loss Support Group

WHAT:   Healing After Suicide Loss
WHEN:   November 7, 2019, Always the first Thursday of month
TIME:      5:30 - 7:00 pm
WHERE: 18 Degrees Family Services (formerly known as Berkshire Children & Families)
2nd Floor Conference Room (there is an elevator)
480 West St, Pittsfield, MA 01201
 
Directions:
Watch carefully for the 18 Degrees sign or the bright yellow SCHOOL sign in the tree line at 480 West St. Follow long driveway all the way to 18 Degrees/Family Resource Building

Meet in Second Floor Conference Room at top of stairs (Immediately to right). There is an elevator on first floor straight ahead.

Who We Are:
There is a safe place in our community for survivors (families and loved ones of suicide victims) to share their loss with others who are experiencing similar thoughts and feelings.We are a group of survivors offering support and healing. Groups are open to all adult survivors of suicide loss.

This group is led by American Foundation of Suicide Prevention trained facilitator,  also a survivor of suicide loss. Call or text Peggy with questions at 757-441-6316. or email suicideloss@berkshirecoalition.org

For More Information on Healing After Suicide Loss
see our Resources Page: GRIEVING A LOSS BY SUICIDE....

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2019 Fresh Check Day: Berkshire Community College
Nov
12
11:30 AM11:30

2019 Fresh Check Day: Berkshire Community College

  • Berkshire Community College Cafeteria (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

2019 Fresh Check Day - Berkshire Community College

WHEN: Tues, November 12th - 11:30am-1:30pm
WHERE: Berkshire Community College Cafeteria, Pittsfield, Massachusetts
COST: Free
MORE INFO: https://freshcheckday.com/schools/berkshire-community-college/

Berkshire Community College’s Fourth Fresh Check Day

Join us for Berkshire Community College’s fourth Fresh Check Day, a fun event with interactive booths, free food, and awesome prizes!
Click here to download event poster!

WHAT IS FRESH CHECK DAY?

Fresh Check Day, the signature program of the Jordan Porco Foundation, is an uplifting mental health promotion and suicide prevention event that includes interactive expo booths, peer-to-peer messaging, support of multiple campus departments and groups, free food, entertainment, and exciting prizes and giveaways. Fresh Check Day aims to create an approachable and hopeful atmosphere where students are encouraged to engage in dialogue about mental health and helps to build a bridge between students and the mental health resources available on campus, in the community, and nationally.


Click here to learn about what counseling services are available at Berkshire Community College or call 413-236-1609

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)





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Healing after Suicide Loss Support Group
Dec
5
5:30 PM17:30

Healing after Suicide Loss Support Group

Healing after Suicide Loss Support Group

WHAT:   Healing After Suicide Loss
WHEN:   December 5, 2019, Always the first Thursday of month
TIME:      5:30 - 7:00 pm
WHERE: 18 Degrees Family Services (formerly known as Berkshire Children & Families)
2nd Floor Conference Room (there is an elevator)
480 West St, Pittsfield, MA 01201
 
Directions:
Watch carefully for the 18 Degrees sign or the bright yellow SCHOOL sign in the tree line at 480 West St. Follow long driveway all the way to 18 Degrees/Family Resource Building

Meet in Second Floor Conference Room at top of stairs (Immediately to right). There is an elevator on first floor straight ahead.

Who We Are:
There is a safe place in our community for survivors (families and loved ones of suicide victims) to share their loss with others who are experiencing similar thoughts and feelings.We are a group of survivors offering support and healing. Groups are open to all adult survivors of suicide loss.

This group is led by American Foundation of Suicide Prevention trained facilitator,  also a survivor of suicide loss. Call or text Peggy with questions at 757-441-6316. or email suicideloss@berkshirecoalition.org


For More Information on Healing After Suicide Loss
see our Resources Page: GRIEVING A LOSS BY SUICIDE....

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Carpe Diem 2019 - Music & Arts Festival for Suicide Prevention
Sep
14
1:00 PM13:00

Carpe Diem 2019 - Music & Arts Festival for Suicide Prevention

Carpe Diem: Art & Music Festival for Suicide Prevention
Hosted by Common Folk

WHEN: Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 1 PM – 8 PM EDT

WHERE: Adams Agricultural Fair, 371 Old Columbia St, Adams, Massachusetts 01220

COST: Ticket by Donation - https://www.artful.ly/store/events/18564?fbclid=IwAR0ezrtUFiGI8kzx4yO2hcO4SUho8lLUnwPpxU6b5Q3fn10rX75VZUV-GQE

UPDATES: www.facebook.com/events/463391027541272/

Come out and enjoy a showcase of local musicians and bands to raise money and awareness about suicide prevention. We hope you'll consider attending and purchasing a ticket by donation. (See link above)

Proceeds will benefit Arts in Recovery (AIRY), an arts and skills-based peer support program for youth ages 13 and up who struggle with suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

The Lineup:
Hill Haints
Forever Autumn
Immune Friction
Pavlov's Dogs
Quincy
Nick Stanley
Heavy Gaze
Grace Ida Marks
Leap the Dips
Che Guevara T-Shirt
Spero
Forks of Buffalo

Food Vendor will be Valhalla Eatery (Adams, MA).

Crafters/Vendors are welcome
$20 For folks selling things.
$20 for Info Tables/Nonprofits
To register as a vendor, or if you have any questions, contact Katie Haig via email at Artisnotanaccident@gmail.com

Sponsored by Real Eyes Gallery, Capital Restaurant, BELLA ROMA, Ramuntos North Adams, MA. (less)

~BCSP will have a table at this event ~

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World Suicide Prevention Day
Sep
10
12:00 AM00:00

World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day - September 10, 2019

For More Information:

https://www.remindsupport.org/2019-world-suicide-prevention-day

2019 WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY

What is World Suicide Prevention Day?

  • World Suicide Prevention Day is a worldwide awareness day held on September 10, 2019 with the focus of raising commitment and action to prevent suicide.

  • The 2019 theme is "Working Together to Prevent Suicide."

What can I do to aid in suicide prevention?

  • Raise awareness about the warning signs of suicide.

  • Have compassion for those in the community who may be experiencing mental health feelings of distress

  • Download this brochure from the International Association for Suicide Prevention to learn more on the many layers of working together as a community to prevent suicide

What are warning signs of suicide?

  • Unbearable feelings: extreme feelings of hopelessness, despair, self-doubt.

  • Taking care of business: making end of life plans, preparing wills, giving away valued possessions.

  • Rehearsing suicide: discussing suicide methods, purchasing weapons or acquiring large quantities of medication.

  • Drug or alcohol use: can cause impulsive behaviors.

  • Isolation: cutting off social connections with friends, family, quitting job.

  • Sudden sense of calm: a person who was recently feeling upset or hopeless suddenly seems very calm and settled. It might be a sign that he or she has decided on a plan to complete suicide.

Are You Feeling Suicidal?

  • Discuss with your doctor if you are thinking of suicide. It is important to recognize these thoughts for what they are: expressions of a treatable medical illness. These thoughts are not true and they are not your fault. Don’t let fear, shame or embarrassment stand in the way of communication with your physician, therapist, family, or friends: tell someone right now.

  • Tell a trusted family member, friend, or other support person. Try not to be alone when you feel this way.

  • Get help. Tell your health care professional. Suicidal thinking can be treated. When suicidal thoughts occur, they are your signal that you need help.

  • Know that you can get through this and learn to effectively manage your mood disorder.

  • Promise yourself you will overcome these feelings for another day, hour, minute, or whatever you can and get help.

Suicide Prevention Plan

  • It’s very helpful to have a safety plan ready before thoughts of suicide occur.

  • Make a Plan for Life. Make a plan to stay alive and follow it—seek Help

  • Stay in contact with your doctor. Always have your doctor's phone number with you, as well as a suicide hotline number, 713–970-7000.

  • Stay in contact with trusted friends. Develop a list of phone numbers with those you trust and keep it with you.

  • Recognize symptoms for what they are. Remember feelings are not facts. Suicidal feelings are not your fault and they are only a symptom of your illness.

  • Write down your thoughts. Spend time each day writing down things and people that you appreciate and bring you joy. Refer to this when you feel low, sad, or suicidal. A mood tracker is helpful.

  • Connect with other people socially. When you are feeling suicidal, don’t be alone for long periods of time. Seek trusted friends.

  • Avoid drugs and alcohol. Consumption of drugs and alcohol can lead to actions that could be very dangerous.

  • Know when it’s best to go to the hospital. Ask for help if you need it!

  • Understand your health coverage. If you have insurance, call the number on the back of your card for providers.

  • Keep yourself safe. Make sure you don’t have access to guns or weapons.

  • Give yourself time to get better.

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National Suicide Prevention Week
Sep
8
to Sep 14

National Suicide Prevention Week

National Suicide Prevention Week

Take Action…
Suicide prevention starts with everyday heroes like you

For more information:

AFSP - Association Foundation For Suicide Prevention
https://afsp.org/campaigns/national-suicide-prevention-week-2019/

Letter to the Editor - Berkshire Eagle::
https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/letter-become-informed-on-suicide-prevention,584115?fbclid=IwAR3uEGjZZ5ndqyuGxdh0MIxK8up-EkfpY1t0E1M-NvExgaX6fQTQfd_4rIg

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Soul Shop
Apr
8
8:15 AM08:15

Soul Shop

The Soul Shop™ Movement exists due to the need of desperately hurting people to be heard, noticed, and seen within their faith communities. Soul Shop™ provides training and support to faith community leaders. For questions about this event, contact Heather White at hwhite@afsp.org.

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Community Education and Awareness Event & Opening Reception
Feb
10
2:00 PM14:00

Community Education and Awareness Event & Opening Reception

Join us for a day of art, music, dance, poetry, film and story to raise awareness about Youth Suicide Prevention in Berkshire County.

Performances will include: groups from Berkshire Pulse, Grace Ida Marks (acoustic) and members of the BTG Kids Chorus. Students from AIRY (Arts in Recovery for Youth) will share poetry and lived experience stories and a documentary film by Raymond Brown will be shown.

Speakers include: Marney Shore, the Executive Director and Founder of AIRY; Lee Watroba,  Erikson Institute Program and Community Outreach Manager at Austen Riggs and President of the Coalition for Suicide Prevention; and Peggy Morse, Loss Survivor from the Coalition for Suicide Prevention.

The art will be created by the students in AIRY, and sales will benefit AIRY and BTG PLAYS! and will be on display in the lobby of the Colonial from February 10 until March 18.

Click here to view the event flyer.

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Survivor Day
Nov
17
9:00 AM09:00

Survivor Day

  • Berkshire Medical Center Hillcrest Campus (map)
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Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) are co-hosting this event, which is a part of International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, created to bring together people affected by suicide loss in their local communities, to find comfort and gain understanding as they share stories of healing and hope.

The day begins at 9 a.m. with registration and breakfast refreshments, followed at 9:30 by a welcome and screening of “A Daughter’s Journey,” an AFSP-produced documentary film of young adult’s experience with life, coping and growth after the loss of her father.  A discussion of the film and sharing of attendees’ stories will follow at 10:00 am. The morning concludes with a healing activity: the creation of memorial candles and ornaments for participants to take home.

The event is free and open to the public; ample parking is available.

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safeTALK Training - Thurs, May 31st
May
31
5:30 PM17:30

safeTALK Training - Thurs, May 31st

safeTALK TRAINING, Stockbridge, MA - 5/31/18

DATE: Thursday, May 31, 2018
TIME: 5:30pm-8:30pm

LOCATION: Austen Riggs Center- 25 Main St., Stockbridge, MA 01262
COST: $10.00 (Scholarships available)
REGISTRATION: https://afsp.wufoo.com/forms/zwefbu11nfb2sh/

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD FLYER

CREDITS: 3 CEU's will be available via an online quiz and online $15 payment after the course is completed.

Hosted by: AFSP Western Mass


safeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources, such as caregivers trained in ASIST.

Since its development in 2006, safeTALK has been used in over 20 countries around the world, and more than 200 selectable video vignettes have been produced to tailor the program’s audio-visual component for diverse audiences. safeTALK-trained helpers are an important part of suicide-safer communities, working alongside intervention resources to identify and avert suicide risks.

LEARNING GOALS AND OBJECTIVES:

Over the course of their training, safeTALK participants will learn to:
• Notice and respond to situations where suicide thoughts might be present
• Recognize that invitations for help are often overlooked
• Move beyond the common tendency to miss, dismiss, and avoid suicide
• Apply the TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe
• Know community resources and how to connect someone with thoughts of suicide to them for further help
 

TRAINING FEATURES:

• Presentations and guidance from a LivingWorks registered trainer
• Access to support from a local community resource person

• Powerful audiovisual learning aids
• The simple yet effective TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe
• Hands-on skills practice and development

safeTALK helps expand the reach of suicide intervention skills in communities around the world. 

MORE INFORMATION - CONTACT:
Heather White
hwhite@afsp.org
(413) 387-3770


 
 

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PURGATORY ROAD HOLIDAZE - HAUNTED CORN MAZE
Oct
21
7:00 PM19:00

PURGATORY ROAD HOLIDAZE - HAUNTED CORN MAZE

  • PURGATORY ROAD HOLIDAZE - HAUNTED CORN MAZE (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

PURGATORY ROAD HOLIDAZE - HAUNTED CORN MAZE
190 Cleveland Rd, Dalton, MA 01226
OCT 13-14 & OCT 20-21, 7-10 PM

TICKETS ONLY SOLD AT THE DOOR - $10/PERSON

WALK YOUR WAY THROUGH OUR 2 ACRE HAUNTED CORN MAZE!
The maze is NOT recommended for children under the age of 12. All proceeds benefit Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention. This is an annual fundraiser held by Betsy Nichols and Joanne Farrell each year and is one of the greatest local fundraising events for our Teen Suicide Prevention Programming/Events. 
 Please make all checks payable to BCSP

Event Flyer:
DOWNLOAD EVENT FLYER

EVENT INFORMATION: (Check here for more information, weather updates etc)
WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/PURGATORY.RD.HAUNTED

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PURGATORY ROAD HOLIDAZE - HAUNTED CORN MAZE
Oct
20
7:00 PM19:00

PURGATORY ROAD HOLIDAZE - HAUNTED CORN MAZE

  • PURGATORY ROAD HOLIDAZE - HAUNTED CORN MAZE (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

PURGATORY ROAD HOLIDAZE - HAUNTED CORN MAZE
190 Cleveland Rd, Dalton, MA 01226
OCT 13-14 & OCT 20-21, 7-10 PM

TICKETS ONLY SOLD AT THE DOOR - $10/PERSON

WALK YOUR WAY THROUGH OUR 2 ACRE HAUNTED CORN MAZE!
The maze is NOT recommended for children under the age of 12. All proceeds benefit Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention. This is an annual fundraiser held by Betsy Nichols and Joanne Farrell each year and is one of the greatest local fundraising events for our Teen Suicide Prevention Programming/Events. 
 Please make all checks payable to BCSP

Event Flyer:
DOWNLOAD EVENT FLYER

EVENT INFORMATION: (Check here for more information, weather updates etc)
WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/PURGATORY.RD.HAUNTED

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Berkshire County Out of the Darkness Community Walk for Suicide Prevention
Oct
15
8:30 AM08:30

Berkshire County Out of the Darkness Community Walk for Suicide Prevention

  • Ashuwillticook Rail Trail at Adams Vistor Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Berkshire County Out of the Darkness Community Walk for Suicide Prevention
WHEN:  
Sunday, October 15th 
                Check-in/Registration: 8:30 am
                Walk Begins: 10:00 am    
                Walk Ends: 12:00 pm
WHERE: Ashwilticook Rail Trail, Adams, MA
               Parking & Registration:  
               Adams Visitor Center,
               3 Hoosac St, Adams, MA 01220
               (Trail starts behind Visitor Center)

The Out of the Darkness Community Walks take place in over 335 communities across the country this fall, with the proceeds benefiting AFSP.  Berkshire County's Walk is an awesome venue. 

REGISTRATION (As individual and/or team) OR DONATE :
www.afsp.org/berkshirecounty

INFO ABOUT WALK ON FACEBOOK:
More details at Berkshire County Out of The Darkness Walk Facebook site:
www.facebook.com/Berkshire-County-Out-of-the-Darkness-Walk-for-Suicide-Prevention-804758302980770

WALK FLYER: Click to Download

Printable webpage with detailed info: Berkshire County Out of the Darkness Walk

Click to download map: DCR Ashuwillticook Rail Trail Map

Info about DCR Ashuwillticook Rail Trail:
http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-west/ashuwillticook-rail-trail.html

For more information, please contact:

Lee Watroba
Phone: 413-387-3770 
Email: lee.watroba@austenriggs.net

Bertha Connelley
Email: bertha.connelley@austenriggs.net
 

Online registration closes at noon (local time) the Friday before the walk. However, anyone who would like to participate can register in person at the walk from the time check-in begins until the walk starts. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.

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PURGATORY ROAD HOLIDAZE - HAUNTED CORN MAZE
Oct
14
7:00 PM19:00

PURGATORY ROAD HOLIDAZE - HAUNTED CORN MAZE

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PURGATORY ROAD HOLIDAZE - HAUNTED CORN MAZE
190 Cleveland Rd, Dalton, MA 01226
OCT 13-14 & OCT 20-21, 7-10 PM

TICKETS ONLY SOLD AT THE DOOR - $10/PERSON

WALK YOUR WAY THROUGH OUR 2 ACRE HAUNTED CORN MAZE!
The maze is NOT recommended for children under the age of 12. All proceeds benefit Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention. This is an annual fundraiser held by Betsy Nichols and Joanne Farrell each year and is one of the greatest local fundraising events for our Teen Suicide Prevention Programming/Events. 
 Please make all checks payable to BCSP

Event Flyer:
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EVENT INFORMATION: (Check here for more information, weather updates etc)
WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/PURGATORY.RD.HAUNTED

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PURGATORY ROAD HOLIDAZE - HAUNTED CORN MAZE
Oct
13
7:00 PM19:00

PURGATORY ROAD HOLIDAZE - HAUNTED CORN MAZE

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PURGATORY ROAD HOLIDAZE - HAUNTED CORN MAZE
190 Cleveland Rd, Dalton, MA 01226
OCT 13-14 & OCT 20-21, 7-10 PM

TICKETS ONLY SOLD AT THE DOOR - $10/PERSON

WALK YOUR WAY THROUGH OUR 2 ACRE HAUNTED CORN MAZE!
The maze is NOT recommended for children under the age of 12. All proceeds benefit Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention. This is an annual fundraiser held by Betsy Nichols and Joanne Farrell each year and is one of the greatest local fundraising events for our Teen Suicide Prevention Programming/Events. 
 Please make all checks payable to BCSP

Event Flyer:
DOWNLOAD EVENT FLYER

EVENT INFORMATION: (Check here for more information, weather updates etc)
WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/PURGATORY.RD.HAUNTED

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The S Word Screening
Oct
13
6:00 PM18:00

The S Word Screening

The S Word Documentary
WHERE:     COLONIAL THEATRE,
                 111 SOUTH STREET, PITTSFIELD, MA 01201
WHEN:       FRI, OCT 13, 2017 6:00-8:30 PM
COST:        FREE
REGISTER: PLEASE CALL THE COLONIAL BOX OFFICE
                 AT (413) 997-4444 TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT
FLYER: Click To Download

There is no cost to attend but we do ask that you pre-register by calling the Colonial Theatre Box Office at (413) 997-4444 to reserve your seat. The film will be introduced by Director Lisa Klein and will be followed by a Q & A session.

The goals of The S Word are to open the conversation, reduce the shame and silence that have clung to suicide for far too long, and strive toward prevention of the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.  The screening is appropriate for ages 15 and up.

From the filmmakers of the award-winning Of Two Minds comes a new documentary that will tackle one of the most unfathomable and cloistered issues of our time. Suicide.  The S Word will put a human face on this often feared and misunderstood topic - delving into the hearts and minds of suicide attempt survivors, along with the families and loved ones who are left behind to suffer the anguish, guilt, and confusion of death by suicide.

This event is one piece of a four-part suicide awareness campaign launched by the 10 regional coalitions within the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention. The MCSP operates under the auspices for the MA Department of Public Health's Suicide Prevention Program.  The S Word is being screened in New Bedford, MA on the 12th, Pittsfield, MA on the 13th, Wakefield, MA on the 14th and a Central MA location on the 15th.

MORE INFO: PEGGY MORSE:  413-441-6316,  peggyf@verizon.net

MORE INFO ABOUT THE MOVIE: 
HTTP://THESWORDMOVIE.COM/


 

 

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RESILIENCE: FREE documentary screening and discussion
Oct
3
6:30 PM18:30

RESILIENCE: FREE documentary screening and discussion

RESILIENCE: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope
FREE documentary screening and discussion

WHEN:   Tues, October 3, 2017 at 6:30-8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Triplex Cinema
               70 Railroad St, Great Barrington, MA 01230
FLYER: Click to download Flyer

Also being shown: 
Little Cinema at the Berkshire Museum
39 South St., Pittsfield, MA 01201
Tues, September 26, 2017 at 5-7 p.m.

To Register go to
berkshireunitedway.org

Learn how you can build resilience in your life and the lives of others
 at a FREE documentary screening and discussion about RESILIENCE: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope

Complimentary, light refreshments will be served.

For more info visit:
berkshireunitedway.org

Or contact:

Stephanie Adornetto
Berkshire United Way
413-442-6948 ext. 22
sadornetto@berkshireunitedway.org

 

Read more at http://kpjrfilms.co/resilience/press/

Watch the trailer at the link...Watch film trailer

"The child may not remember, but the body remembers"Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the new documentary Resilience reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune.Resilience, however, also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education, and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress—and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose.

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RESILIENCE: FREE documentary screening and discussion
Sep
26
5:00 PM17:00

RESILIENCE: FREE documentary screening and discussion

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RESILIENCE: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope
FREE documentary screening and discussion

WHEN: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 5-7 p.m.
WHERE: Little Cinema at the Berkshire Museum
               39 South St., Pittsfield, MA 01201
FLYER: Click to download Flyer

Also being shown: 
Triplex Cinema, 
70 Railroad St, Great Barrington, MA 01230
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 6:30-8:30 p.m.


Click Here to Register

Learn how you can build resilience in your life and the lives of others
 at a FREE documentary screening and discussion about RESILIENCE: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope

Complimentary, light refreshments will be served.

For more info visit:
 berkshireunitedway.org

Or contact:

Stephanie Adornetto
Berkshire United Way
413-442-6948 ext. 22
sadornetto@berkshireunitedway.org

 

Read more at http://kpjrfilms.co/resilience/press/

Watch the trailer at the link...Watch film trailer

"The child may not remember, but the body remembers"Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the new documentary Resilience reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune.Resilience, however, also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education, and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress—and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose.

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MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID COURSE (No Credits Offered)
Jun
17
8:00 AM08:00

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID COURSE (No Credits Offered)

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WHEN:    June 17, 2017 (Saturday), 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
                Sign-In & Breakfast 8:00-8:30 am         
WHERE:  Berkshire South Regional Community Center
                15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington MA 01230
                (See links below for more details and map
COST:      FREE includes breakfast, lunch, and course materials
CREDITS: NO CREDITS OFFERED
WHAT:     Training for professionals, counselors, the general public, educators,
                 resource personnel and members of faith communities.
QUESTIONS?: Contact Lee Watroba at 413-931-5284 or Lee.Watroba@AustenRiggs.net 

FOR DETAILED INFO/REGISTRATION:
GO TO:    MHFA TRAINING INFO/REGISTRATION
FLYER:       MHFA Class Flyer
MAP:       Berkshire South Regional Community Center Map


ABOUT THIS COURSE
Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses.

This course is delivered by Certified Mental Health First Aid USA Instructors who complete a 5-day training and meet certification requirements

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2017 BCSP & Partners Annual Conference
Jun
1
7:30 AM07:30

2017 BCSP & Partners Annual Conference

TRAUMA, SUICIDE & ADDICTION IN THE BERKSHIRES: WHAT WE CAN DO

LAST DAY TO REGISTER - ONLY A FEW SEATS ARE OPEN!

ALL CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS HAVE BEEN APPROVED:

  • Substance Abuse Counselor (7.0 approved)
  • Rehabilitation Counselor (6.75 approved)
  • Psychology (7.0 approved)
  • Nursing (7.0 approved)
  • LMHC (7.0 approved)
  • Social Work (7.0 approved)
  • LMFT (7.0 approved)

CONFERENCE OVERVIEW:

Trauma, Suicide & Addiction in the Berkshires: What We Can Do
The Berkshires, the Commonwealth and the nation are in the middle of an epidemic of suicide, opioid and alcohol poisoning, and chronic liver disease. Adverse childhood experiences that predispose to these events have been identified and are associated with increased risk of suicide attempts and chronic medical conditions.

Understanding the role of trauma in the generating of suffering leads to greater compassion and trauma-informed approaches to prevention, care, healing, and growth. A robust literature around resilience and mentorship suggest proven strategies that can help both individuals and communities organize to meet challenges of this nature.

WEB LINK (Detailed Info and Registration):

www.berkshirecoalition.org/conferenceinfo/

DATE/TIME:

Thursday, June 1, 2017
7:30 am Registration & Breakfast
8:00 am – 4:30 pm Conference

LOCATION:

Jiminy Peak Conference Center
11 Corey Road, Hancock, MA 01237

COSTS:

NOTE: Final conference cost is based on whether CEUs are requested.
Registration - No Credits: $30.00 Includes Registration & Meals ONLY
Registration - With Credits: $60.00 Includes Registration, Meals & CEUs

Credits available for any  of the following: Social Work, Nursing, LMFT, LMHC,  Substance Abuse Counselors, Rehabilitation Counselors and Psychology

REGISTRATION INFO:

Conference will fill before registration deadlines - please register early to guarantee a seat. We will lock registration and setup a waiting list once all seats are reserved


ONLINE REGISTRATION: 
Online registration with payment until May 25th (or until conference is full) using a Credit Card, PayPal or Apple Pay. Once you select choice of Credit/No Credit option fill in questions and proceed to shopping cart icon to complete order.

ONLINE REGISTRATION


MAIL-IN REGISTRATION: (NO PHONE-IN REGISTRATIONS)
Mail-in Registration with payment is only available until May 15th or until full with a completed registration form (Page 4 of Conference Brochure below) and mail with check:
Check payable to: NAMI-Berkshire County
Mail registration and check:
Attn: June Conference, 333 East St. Rm. 417, Pittsfield, MA 01201
More info: (413)443-1666 or email namibc@namibc.org
NOTE: Due to space limitations envelope must be postmarked by May 15th or it cannot be accepted

CONFERENCE BROCHURE:

CLICK FOR CONFERENCE BROCHURE

 

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Berkshire County Mental Health Legislative Forum
Apr
10
9:00 AM09:00

Berkshire County Mental Health Legislative Forum

WHAT:   Berkshire County Mental Health Legislative Forum
WHEN:   APRIL 10, 2016 (Mon)
TIME:   9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
WHERE:  Berkshire Pathways, 199B South Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Light continental breakfast provided

THIS EVENT IS OVER - Thank you to all those who attended and made their voices heard!


PLEASE JOIN US AS WE:
• Hear from the Berkshire Delegation on funding of Governor’s past cuts
• Receive updates  on Parity, MassHealth Reimbursement and Workforce Challenges
• Share ideas with Delegation on improving access to community mental health and substance abuse services in Berkshire County

Invited Berkshire County Legislators Include:
• Senator Adam G. Hinds
• Representative Paul W. Mark, Second Berkshire District
• Representative Gail M. Cariddi, First Berkshire District
• Representative William “Smitty” Pignatelli,  Fourth Berkshire District
• Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier, Third Berkshire District
 

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PURGATORY ROAD HAUNTED HAYRIDE - Please check Facebook for updates
Oct
22
7:00 PM19:00

PURGATORY ROAD HAUNTED HAYRIDE - Please check Facebook for updates

PURGATORY ROAD HAUNTED HAYRIDE
OCT 14-15 & OCT 21-22, 7-10 PM

PLEASE CHECK PURGATORY ROAD'S FACEBOOK SITE FOR UPDATES ON SATURDAY'S EVENT (RAIN HAS ALSO BEEN FORECASTED FOR TOMORROW)
WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/PURGATORY.RD.HAUNTED

This is an annual fundraiser held by Betsy Nichols and Joanne Farrell each year and is one of the greatest local fundraising events for our Teen Suicide Prevention Programming/Events. 

190 Cleveland Rd, Dalton, MA 01226
$13 Advance tickets at Dalton CRA until first day of event/ After that $15 at Gate
35 Minute Hayride
Bigger and Better than Ever!

EVENT INFORMATION- Please check Facebook below for latest news for Saturday's event :
WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/PURGATORY.RD.HAUNTED

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