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January 9, 2019 -- Westchester County and the Department of Community Mental Health (DCMH) announced a suicide prevention forum will be held in the White Plains Public Library on Wednesday, January 16 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event, entitled “Alternative to Suicide – An Overview,” will present a model program from the Western Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community (MRLC), in a discussion led by internationally renowned experts Sera Davido and Caroline Mazel-Carlton.

According to the MRLC, “The goal of “Alternatives to Suicide” is not to simply force someone to stay alive from moment to moment. Rather, it is to support them to create meaning and a life that they want to live. Not killing one’s self is simply a side-effect of all that."

The program is open to anyone who is interested in learning about this innovative model, and wish to participate an open, supportive discussion on the topic.

DCMH Commissioner Michal Orth said: “Suicide rates in Westchester County appear to be on the rise. It is imperative that we know how to recognize the potential signs, and be there to support and assist those who so greatly need to find an alternative.”

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said: “People reaching out to other people is still one of the best ways to communicate with each other. Learning more about how each and every of us can support people, and help them move way from suicide is an important part of reducing suicide in our communities.”

To RSVP to this event, please e-mail . Light refreshments will be available.