Recognizing Suicide Prevention Month

September 11, 2023

September is Suicide Prevention Month. Suicide can happen to anyone at any time, but it is not inevitable. Offering supports to those in crisis can help prevent suicide. Here are some recent resources:

New England MHTTC is a proud sponsor of the Vermont Suicide Prevention Symposium on September 27. Learn more and register to attend.


Find more resources for helping to prevent suicide from SAMHSA. And if you or someone you know are feeling alone and having thoughts of suicide, talk to someone you can trust through the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. Call or text 988 or chat the lifeline.


September 13

Lived Experience as Expertise: How NAMI Can Support Patients and Families

NAMI has many free support and educational programs. This talk will review these programs and discuss NAMI's first bookYou Are Not Alone, where people who have lived with mental health conditions use their names and share what they have learned. They do so to reduce the isolation and shame so common with mental health conditions and to make meaning of their experience. Their lessons include ways they have found to live with symptoms, give to others, and build a life. Families who have learned to communicate and cope with loss will also share what they learned. 

Presenter: Ken Duckworth, MD, is the chief medical officer of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Ken is board certified in adult psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry, and is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Join us on Wednesday, September 13, 2023 at 12 PM ET.

Register Here!



September 13

Person-Centered Recovery Planning: Partnering for Wellness and Recovery

This is a Post-Program Best Practices School Presentation as part of the 31st Annual Virtual New England School of Best Practices in Addiction Services.

This interactive webinar will provide an overview of key strategies to move person-centered care from theory to reality through the practice of Person-Centered Recovery Planning (PCRP). Critical components of PCRP will be addressed including philosophy, process, planning documentation, and purpose. Practical coaching will be offered for how to maintain a strengths-based, person-centered orientation within a comprehensive plan which simultaneously meets rigorous fiscal and regulatory standards. Participants will have an opportunity to “build” a recovery plan through interactive polls and breakout groups and will hear directly from individuals with lived experience about the necessity of person-centered approaches in supporting self-determination and recovery. A variety of take home tools and resources will be available for those interested in more intensive learning on this topic. 


Participants will be able to:

  • Identify the critical components of Person-Centered Recovery Planning (PCRP);
  • Build a Recovery Plan that includes Person-Centered goals, strengths, and interventions appropriate for your work setting; and
  • Describe a tool and a resource to support person-centered recovery planning.



Janis L. Tondora, Psy.D.


Participants who register for the full program can attend any of the post-programs at no additional cost. There will be a special registration option for participants who only want to register for post-program sessions. 

Join us on Wednesday, September 13, 2023 at 9:30 AM ET.

Register Here!



September 19

Competencies for Peer Support Workers in Crisis Services: Listening Session

A 90-minute listening session with peers who currently provide support in crisis settings to review our draft self-assessment tool. This self-assessment tool was designed based on the Core Competencies and is intended for peers new or familiar with crisis work to reflect upon their skill sets.

Join us on Tuesday, September 19, 2023 at 12:30 PM ET.

Register Here!



September 20

Understanding Mental Conditions: What they are, how they manifest, and strategies for engagement

This virtual session of the NH Treatment Court Conference will provide a general overview of mental illness, prevalence of most common mental conditions encountered by criminal justice providers and crisis response teams, and explore from layperson perspectives how best to engage and interact with someone in crisis to de-escalate volatile situations.


Presenter: Steven Samra, MPA, C4 Innovations 

Join us on Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at 1 PM ET.

Register Here!




September 20

Recovery and Citizenship in Treatment Court Setting

This in-person session at the NH Treatment Court Conference will provide participants with an overview introduction to Recovery and Citizenship approaches to behavioral health care and will provide detailed descriptions of two potential interventions. These include i) the Citizens project, a 6-month, twice-weekly class that supports people who have behavioral health changes and are justice-involved to build their connection to the 5Rs (responsibilities, resources, rights, relationships and roles) and a sense of community belonging, and ii) the Financial health project, which involves assessing individuals’ financial health, identifying and/or creating supports to assist with financial management, and addressing systems barriers through partnering with local community organizations and financial institutions.



Annie Harper, PhD, Assistant Professor Yale Department of Psychiatry, Yale University Department of Psychiatry.  

Maria E. Restrepo-ToroMS, Director of Health Equity and International & State programming, Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health. 

Patricia Benedict, Director of Training and Implementation of Citizens Initiatives, Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health.


Join us on Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at 2:45 PM ET.

Register Here!



September 26

Reclaiming Native Psychological Brilliance: Wise Practices- September Event

United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc. and New England MHTTC would like to invite you and your staff to attend"Reclaiming Native Psychological Brilliance: Wise Practices," a Tribal Behavioral Health ECHO webinar series. Native Psychological Brilliance refers to the intelligence, strengths, balance, innate resources, and resilience of Native people. 


The topic for September's session is "Action Steps: Cultural Healing and Behavioral Health."


This no-cost telehealth series will be held on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 11:00 am Pacific/12:00 pm Mountain/1:00 pm Central/2:00 pm Eastern. Each session will be one hour in length and will provide an opportunity for participants to: 

  • Gain skills on strength-based approaches in partnership with Native People to enhance Native behavioral health
  • Discuss ways that Native brilliance is demonstrated and supports behavioral health
  • Learn about Native brilliance examples to share with behavioral health and other health care staff, as well as with local Tribal Nation citizens 


The concept of Native psychological brilliance will be celebrated through Native music video and Native spoken word performances as part of each session.

Join us on Tuesday, September 26, 2023 at 2 PM ET.

Register Here!



September 27

Vermont Suicide Prevention Symposium

This event brings together national, regional, and Vermont stakeholders to facilitate collaborations and strengthen suicide prevention. This full-day event offers three keynote presentations, and topics will be explored in depth during eight workshops held throughout the day in four specific disciplines. New England MHTTC is proud to be a sponsor of this event. 

Join us on Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at 9 AM ET.

Register Here!



September 27

Supporting the Mental Health and Well-being of AAPI Populations

Asian American and Pacific Islander populations (AAPI) are an integral part of the American diaspora and represent a wide range of diversity. There are approximately 50 distinct ethnic groups speaking over 100 languages, with connections to Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Filipino, Vietnamese, Korean, Hawaiian, and other Asian and Pacific Islander ancestries.

Learn key facts about the mental health experiences within Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Consider ways you can promote recovery and resilience through culturally relevant practices that meet the needs of diverse populations.

Join our efforts to amplify the work of community-based organizations (CBOs) in the New England region supporting mental health and advancing substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery of AAPI populations.

Celebrate innovation! In a "Round-Robin-style" of presentation, CBOs and local nonprofits in New England will showcase their goals, growth, outcomes, and visions for the future in their efforts to support the behavioral health needs of underserved populations.



Maria E. Restrepo-Toro, BNS, MS, is a nationally recognized leader, educator and trainer in the fields of Latino behavioral health recovery, psychiatric rehabilitation and cultural competence. She is currently the project Director of the New England Mental Health Technology Transfer Center.

Taylor Bryan Turner is the Assistant Regional Director for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) where she serves as part of SAMHSA’s leadership team and works to advance SAMHSA’s mission in the six New England States (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI & VT) and tribal nations.

Join us on Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at 9 AM ET.

Register Here!

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