Walk for Hope supporting Barb Smith Suicide Resource and Response Network
Walk for Hope

About Walk for Hope

Who We Are…

The Barb Smith Suicide Resource & Response Networks a grassroots organization that has been serving communities since 1989.  The founder and Executive Director, Barb Smith, used her personal experience of losing her 20-year old brother, John, to suicide to build the organizations hoping to find purpose for her pain.  The Network is focused on suicide prevention and aftercare for those who have been impacted by suicide.  Our team of expert, certified trainers deliver evidence-based prevention trainings to people where they live, work, play and learn with the hope of de-stigmatizing suicide and increasing help-seeking behaviors. 



Date

Starts at:  August 9, 2020 7:30 AM
Ends at:  August 9, 2020 11:00 AM

Location

Saginaw Valley State University
7400 Bay Road
University Center,MI 48710 USA

Contact

Stacey Urbani
989-781-5260 ext. 3
stacey@suicideresourceandresponse.net

Why Participate?

In the past, depression, mental illness and suicide have been a closed conversation.  Today’s needs demand that the Network provide services in suicide prevention education and aftercare in effort to encourage our communities to talk openly and honestly about mental health and suicide where people live, work, play and learn.  The Network is fulfilling the US Surgeon General’s call to action for the United States, requiring that each state and county have a suicide prevention plan in place, modeled after the national plan. By participating in the Walk for Hope you are becoming a part of a bigger message and helping to save lives.   


How Your Support Makes a Difference

Over the last three years, the Barb Smith Suicide Resource & Response Network has experienced incredible annual growth.  This growth is making significant regional and statewide impact. From 2017 to 2019 each year there was marked growth in provision of training and resources to the community:

2017

·        6 After care presentations with 1655 individuals attending.

·        6 Yellow Ribbon School Awareness trainings, with 2,377 attendees.

·        18 Awareness trainings with 2,616 attendees.

·        Provided 27 safeTALK (Tell, ASK, Listen, Keepsafe) trainings, ensuring 676 people can recognize and    respond to those who might be having thoughts of suicide.

·        5 ASIST (applied suicide intervention skills training), two-day evidence-based trainings with 148 total attendees

·        Over 7,472 people in 2017 have attended one of our trainings or presentations.

·        Provided resources and assistance to 1,536 individuals.

2018

·        9 After care presentations with 1008 individuals attending.

·        8 Yellow Ribbon School Awareness trainings, with 2,240 attendees.

·        21 Awareness trainings with 1,625 attendees.

·        Provided 29 safeTALK (Tell, ASK, Listen, Keepsafe) trainings, ensuring 616 people can recognize and respond to those who might be having thoughts of suicide.

·        6 ASIST (applied suicide intervention skills training), two-day evidence-based trainings with 157 total attendees

·        Over 5,646 people in 2018 have attended one of our trainings or presentations.

·        Provided resources and assistance to 1,536 individuals.

2019

·        4 After care presentations with 292 individuals attending.

·        10 Yellow Ribbon School Awareness trainings, more than 1,600 people.

·        22 Awareness trainings and 1,000 participants.

·        Provided 55 safeTALK (Tell, Ask, Listen, Keepsafe) trainings, ensuring over 1,500 people can recognize and respond to those who might be having thoughts of suicide.

·        11 ASIST (applied suicide intervention skills training), two-day evidence-based trainings with 330 attendees.

·        Over 4,722 attended one of our trainings or presentations.

·        Provided resources and assistance to 900 individuals.


Thanks to our Walk for Hope generous sponsors