Community Education

The Community Education program provides mental health information, presentations, workshops and training for residents of Rockland County and the surrounding areas. The Community Education program includes the following:

Suicide Prevention Training

Evidence-based safeTALK is a three-hour workshop for the general community on how to recognize the warning signs of suicide and what to say and do (minimum of 20 attendees).

Mental Health Training

Trainings are available to libraries, agencies, businesses, and other organizations on mental health topics.

Mental Health First Aid Course

Mental Health First Aid is a groundbreaking public education program that helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance abuse disorders. The program has gotten national attention since the Newtown tragedy, and has been promoted by the President, Vice President, Congress, Senate, Mental Health America, and MHA of New York State. To date, more than 100,000 people have been trained nationwide. This program is designed for non mental health professionals. We are hoping to get a wide array of attendees including teachers, students, clergy, librarians, first responders, business owners, human resource professionals, and caring citizens.

Consultation, Planning, Program Design and Implementation
Our staff includes licensed clinicians, nurses, psychiatrists, care managers, and people with personal experience as family members and those in recovery. We offer our expertise to help organizations and schools develop or improve the mental health component of their programs.

Information and Literature

Individual fact sheets, pamphlets, brochures, videos and self-help clearinghouse on a variety of mental health topics are available in our Valley Cottage office at no cost.

For more information on Community Education, contact:

Sonia Wagner
Executive Vice President
845-267-2172, x323