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Education Impact 2020, AFSP Maryland Chapter

23 Dec 2020 — 2 min read

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Talks Saves Lives

Despite having to adapt to a virtual-only environment, the AFSP Maryland Chapter continues to make suicide prevention education its priority. A big thank you to everyone who joined us for a training/presentation this year as we aim to create a culture that is smart about mental health and suicide prevention!

Trainings and Workshops

In 2020, the AFSP Maryland Chapter hosted 68 presentations/workshops and reached over 3,000 participants.

  • 29 Talk Saves Lives: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention reached 1,203 participants
  • 7 Talk Saves Lives: Firearms & Suicide Prevention reached 500 participants
  • 3 Talk Saves Lives: LGBTQ reached 78 participants
  • 1 Talk Saves Lives: Seniors reached 14 participants
  • 7 Enhancing Mental Health During COVID-19 reached 127 participants
  • 10 It's Real: College Students and Mental Health reached 412 participants
  • 3 More Than Sad: Educator Training reached 347 participants
  • 3 More Than Sad: Parent Training reached 73 participants
  • 2 SafeTALK workshops reaching 55 participants
  • 1 Mental Health First Aid Adults workshop reached 24 participants
  • 1 Research Connection Program with Dr. Holly Wilcox from JHU reached 20 participants
  • 1 Soul Shop for Youth Leaders reached 35 participants

Some highlights from this year:

  • Board President Tammi Ginsberg presented on how to protect your mental health during COVID-19 to the staff at the World Bank; we had people from all over the world tune in!
  • Education Chair Juli Murray hosted It's Real: College Students and Mental Health partnerig with Saint Mary's College of Maryland, College of Southern Maryland, Anne Arundel Community College, Howard County Community College, Baltimore City Community College, and Frederick Community College.
  • Board President Tammi Ginsberg presented Talk Saves Lives to over 350 participants at the annual American Association of Service Coordinators conference.
  • Board Chair Greg Reuss presented Talk Saves Lives: Firearms Safety and Suicide Prevetion to over 300 Maryland National Guard Members.
  • Board President Tammi Ginsberg presented More than Sad: Educator Trainings to 295 Queen Anne's County Public School staff.
  • Area Director Kat Olbrich presented Enhancing your Mental Health During COVID-19 to Marylanders who survived COVID-19.
  • AFSP's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Christine Moutier recorded an informational interview with the Mechanists Union (600,000 active and retired members) to share resources on how to protect your mental health during challenging times.
  • For the first time, the AFSP Maryland Chapter hosted Soul Shop, a training for faith based leaders to support those struggling with suicididal thoughts and those who lost a loved one to suicide.

We are excited that the AFSP Maryland Chapter now also offers Talk Saves Lives: Workplace Setting and Hablar Salva Vidas, the Spanish version of Talk Saves Lives. In addition, Board President Tammi Ginsberg was trained to present AFSP's latest program Finding Hope, a workshop for caretakers and those with lived experience. 

To schedule a training/presentation for your work, church, community etc. please contact Education Chair Juli Murray at afsp.md.education@gmail.com.

Printed Resources

Throughout the year the AFSP Maryland Chapter continued to sponsor printed resources for partners like the Maryland Food Bank, Cecil County Public Middle and High Schools, Anne Arundel County libraries, the Jesse Klump Foundation, Harford Department of Community Services, Anne Arundel Medical Center etc. 

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