Workshop focuses on suicide prevention for veterans

A workshop on suicide prevention for veterans, sponsored in part by the Youngstown State University Metro College, will be 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, at Antone’s Banquet Centre on Market Street in Boardman.

The event, which costs $25, is sponsored by the Metro College, Eastern Ohio Area Health Education Center, Help Hotline , Veterans Administration – Belmont, and the Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic.

The session is designed for social workers, counselors, therapists, psychologists, chemical dependency professionals, case managers, nurses, dietitians/dietetic technicians and EMT.

The event aims to: enhance awareness of the various challenges facing OEF/OIF service members returning from Iraq, Afghanistan, and other regions of the world; identify the negative impact of myths and misinformation around suicide and veterans; explore evidenced-based practice strategies that are effective in engaging veterans who are at high risk for suicide; identify the similarities/differences between suicidal ideation/attempts between civilians and veterans; explore chronic and acute risk factors, as well as protective factors; increase insight into the numerous resources available to veterans; effective strategies to communicate with a suicidal veteran; and increase understanding of referring a veteran for VA services.

This training is part of the nationwide AHEC Veterans Mental Health Project.

The speaker is Sung R. Do, suicide prevention coordinator of the Veterans Health Administration, Eastern Ohio Clinics. Do is a licensed clinical social worker and has been with the Veterans Health Administration since April 2011.  He previously was a Special Emphasis Program Manager and a mental health and substance abuse therapist at the Syracuse VA.  He has also worked as a substance abuse specialist for the Rensselaer County Department of Mental Health in Troy, NY., and a masters clinical social worker for St. Peter’s Addiction Recovery Center in Albany, NY.

Continuing education credits are available.

For more information, contact Noreen Moderalli, Center Director for Eastern Ohio Area Health Education Center, at 330-941-2491.