On March 22, the Seacoast Youth Suicide Prevention Network (SYSPN) will offer suicide prevention training for Portsmouth High School staff.
The training consists of prepared slideshows that highlight the expertise of each lead agency in SYSPN. Now in its third year, SYSPN was formed through major funding from Exeter Hospital. In addition to The Chase Home, other lead agencies within SYSPN include New Heights and Seacoast Outright.
“The training highlights suicide warning signs, how to assess for risk, and how to respond efficiently and effectively,” said Cory Towne-Kerr of The Chase Home, which helped form the network. “We continue to have youth suicides in our state, and we need to band together to put a stop to this, which is why we need to offer education for those who work with our youth.”
Founded in 1877, The Chase Home in Portsmouth is one of the oldest nonprofits in New Hampshire, serving more than 140 at-risk youth annually statewide through prevention, early intervention, residential and community-based programs. Some youth are served in the community while others live at Chase Home.
To learn more about The Chase Home, or to learn more about SYSPN, visit www.chasehome.org.