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on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 00:50

We invite you to join us for a conversation about suicide prevention and local resources available to families. Panelists will share their own experiences with loss to suicide, as well as the ways they’ve learned to get through each day.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
7 to 9 pm
Chappaqua Library Theatre

Our community conversation takes place in the context of a nationwide epidemic of suicide. In 2013 alone, 41,149 people died by suicide in the U.S., leaving a network of close friends and family members to grieve. And with about 1 in 5 adults diagnosed with a mental health condition, there are no simple solutions.

The focus will be on assisting individuals at risk and their families; and exploring the resources that can help us understand, grieve, heal and not feel so alone.

Moderator: Sean Mayer, Planning Editor, The Journal News/

Sean was inspired to partner with the Mental Health Association of Westchester following the loss of his brother to suicide last year.


Janine Crowley Haynes is a Chappaqua resident and author of My Kind of Crazy: Living in a Bipolar World and a survivor of a suicide attempt.

Richard Klein lost his son Jeff to suicide nearly 4 1/2 years ago. Since then, Rich, a Chappaqua resident, has been sharing his thoughts and feelings about his family’s tragedy on a blog, and through a Facebook page, Friends of Jeff Klein.

Rebecca Walkley MS, NCC, LMHC is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Group Psychotherapist. She facilitates a support group for individuals who have lost a loved one to suicide.

With Barbara Bernstein, PhD of MHA Westchester

Presented by The Mental Health Association of Westchester and the Journal News Media Group

Sponsored by the Chappaqua Library

Event is free. Space is limited. Register at


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on Fri, 10/11/2013 - 21:53

Send a Lifeline

on Wed, 07/24/2013 - 16:58
As you know, it can be hard to know how to help someone who is struggling or even thinking about suicide. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is trying to make reaching out to a friend a little easier by creating Lifeline E-Cards.
With just a few clicks, you can send a free Lifeline E-Card for sympathy over a death of a loved one, to offer emotional support, or to simply tell someone you're thinking of them. Since finding the right words to say can be a struggle in and of itself, the Lifeline E-Cards have a variety of customizable messages. One you click send, in addition to an uplifting card and comforting message, your friend will also receive a link to chat with a crisis counselor along with the Lifeline's 24/7 hotline number.

Ayuda a Alguien (Help Someone Now)

on Thu, 06/13/2013 - 15:11
Si alguien se encuentra en riesgo inmediato, llama al 911. No dejes a la persona a solas- siempre y cuando tú estés a salvo al estar con ellos.
Si tu puedes alentar a el o a ella a conversar, hazlo con calma y compasión. El escuchar a alguien que esta sufriendo de manera empática, puede ser un momento crucial para alentarlo de que el suicidio no es la respuesta. Si puedes, siempre y cuando te mantengas a salvo, separa a la persona de los medios de suicidio como las pastillas o armas. 
Asistencia por teléfono esta disponible 24/7/365 mediante la Línea Nacional de Prevención de Suicidio en el teléfono 1-800-273-TALK o en el sitio de Internet
Trabajadores entrenados pueden hablar con individuos que están considerando el suicidio y con sus amigos y parientes que están preocupados. Los trabajadores pueden proveer sugerencias para ayudarte a ti mismo o a alguien que amas; además, te pueden proporcionar información acerca de apoyos y servicios cercanos en tu área.