A series of events is planned for the month of May, Mental Health Month, focusing on the identification of and ways to cope with various mental health issues. These workshops will cover suicide prevention, schizophrenia awareness, and using spirituality to improve mental health.
SafeTALK Suicide Prevention: Saturday, May 2, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., South Beach Psychiatric Center Auditorium, 777 Seaview Ave.
Training with Dr. Stephen J. Wakschal will provide some practical approaches to identifying someone with suicidal thoughts and knowing what to do. Dr. Wakschal is a certified Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) specialist. He has provided suicide intervention training to the NYPD, FBI, Federal Marshall Service, Homeland Security, and many other organizations. He has over 30 years of experience in the mental health field, both in private practice and with the New York State Office of Mental Health.
RSVP by calling 718-477-1700.
Schizophrenia: Diagnosis and Treatment: Wednesday, May 13, 7 to 8:30 p.m.; Regina McGinn, M.D. Medical Education Center, 475 Seaview Ave.
Dr. Timothy Sullivan, vice chair of psychiatry and behavioral science at North Shore LIJ Staten Island University Hospital, will give a talk on the diagnosis and treatment of schizophrenia. There is no need to register.
Spiritual Practices for Better Mental Health: Thursday, May 21, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Holy Family Meeting Space, 366 Watchogue Road.
This non-denominational holistic program will provide interactive workshops in mindfulness, guided meditation and relaxation, poetry, tai chi, music and yoga. Experience spiritual practices for relaxation and tranquility to relieve the stress and anxiety that can interfere with relationships with ourselves, family, friends and co-workers.
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