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The Journey- Stories of Crisis and Hope

The Journey- Stories of Crisis and Hope

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June 21st 2016:Suicide Intervention Approaches: Structured Telephone Follow Up and Monitoring in Crisis Hotline Work

Effective suicide prevention requires various approaches to provide support and hope. In this show, we will discuss evidence-based telephone follow up in crisis intervention and suicide prevention that keeps callers connected to care and committed to their own safety. We will discuss the many ways follow up programs can be implemented on a crisis hotline, using the experience of Response of Suffolk County in Long Island, New York as an example. In addition, we will focus on the lethality of loneliness as a risk factor for negative health outcomes and the use of telephone follow up to mitiga

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Meryl Cassidy

Meryl Cassidy, LMSW is currently Executive Director of Response of Suffolk County, Inc., Assistant Professor in the Human Services Program at Suffolk Community College, and Co-Chair of the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Long Island. After receiving her MSW in 1983 from Columbia University, Ms. Cassidy spent the first third of her career developing and managing innovative housing programs for a variety of at-risk populations in Manhattan and Queens. She moved out to Suffolk County where she expanded her focus to include work with at-risk families and youth in clinical and agency settings, school districts, and with the Suffolk County Probation Department. Throughout her career, she has
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