Breaking the Silence on Suicide

June 26 Wurzweiler Care Cafe at Riverside Memorial Chapel Will Focus on Suicide Prevention

Suicide, now at the highest recorded rate in 28 years, is becoming one of the biggest mental health issues facing all Americans. In partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work Care Cafe and Riverside Memorial Chapel will present a program focused on uniting our community to talk about suicide prevention, research, warning signs and how to help people who are struggling. The event, “Talk Saves Lives,” will take place on Tuesday, June 26, Riverside Memorial Chapel, 180 West 76th Street, New York, New York, at 6 p.m.

The program is part of Wurzweiler’s Care Cafe series: a free, traveling, psycho-educational community resource program which support individuals and families seeking help and information around issues of concern. Through presentations on a variety of topics, Care Cafe aims to educate, motivate, empower and nurture hope around pressing psychosocial challenges and solutions, as well as create a sense of community and connection among participants.

“We have cafes to feed our bodies, but we don’t always have a place to go to feed our souls, nourish our flagging spirits or get information around significant life issues in a supportive space,” said Dr. Katherine Mitchell, Care Cafe’s program director. “Our goal is to provide this public service plus connect those in need to targeted referrals and resources for additional help.”

Wurzweiler Care Cafe is funded by a grant from New York City Councilmen Eric Ulrich and Ydanis Rodrigquez and produced by Wurzweiler staff in collaboration with local community partners. Talk Saves Lives” is free and open to the public, suitable for anyone over the age of 14. A light kosher dinner will be served before the event.

Other collaborations between Wurzweiler Care Cafe and the Riverside Memorial Chapel community outreach program have included “Turning the Tables on Addiction,” “Living with Grief” and “Clues to Clarity.” For more information about Wurzweiler Care Cafe or to participate, please visit www.yu.edu/wurzweiler/carecafe or contact Dr. Mitchell at katherine.mitchell@yu.edu or 631.481.6550.

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