An Introduction to Suicide Prevention
Talk Saves Lives is an education program, led by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, that provides participants with a clear understanding of this leading cause of death, including the most up-to-date research on suicide prevention, and what they can do in their communities to save lives. Participants will learn common risk factors and warning signs associated with suicide, and how to keep themselves and others safe. Topics covered include:
• Scope of the Problem: The latest data on suicide in the U.S. and worldwide
• Research: Information from research on what causes people to consider suicide, as well as health, historical, and environmental factors that put individuals at risk
• Prevention: An understanding of the protective factors that lower suicide risk, and strategies for managing mental health and being proactive about self-care
• What You Can Do: Guidance on warning signs and behaviors to look for, and how to get help for someone in a suicidal crisis
About Missy Stolfi
Missy Stolfi, EDM '06, is the Area Director for the Western and Central New York Chapters of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She joined the Foundation from the American Cancer Society, and prior to that served in the field of college student affairs in the Philadelphia area. Missy holds a B.S. in History from SUNY College at Oneonta, and a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration – Student Affairs from the University at Buffalo.