Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services was honored to receive a $250,000 grant from the Kate Spade Foundation to provide training and coaching to 300 facilitators around the nation who will be leading our innovative support groups for people who have survived suicide attempts. The Foundation pledged to fund $1 million to mental health programs nationwide after Kate Spade died by suicide in 2018.
There is so much stigma around suicide that people who have attempted it often have trouble finding a mental health provider who is willing or skilled enough to work with them. Didi Hirsch’s support groups for people who have attempted suicide provide a safe and comfortable
place for survivors to talk about their feelings and to learn coping strategies. We developed a manual to train people
how to facilitate these groups. The curriculum was accepted by the National Suicide Prevention Resource Center in
2014 and can currently be found on their resources list at http://www.sprc.org/resources-programs/manual-support-groups-suicide-attempt-survivors. The curriculum has been requested over 1,600 times by individuals from
every state and 36 countries.
If you are interested in attending a free 2-day training on how to facilitate Survivors of Suicide Attempts Support groups, please review the criteria and submit your application for consideration. Applications for FY 19/20, must be submitted by January 30, 2020, and the training must be completed by June 30, 2020. Additional training will be offered in FY 20/21.