Other Chapter Activities

Here's a list of Chapter events from 2009-2012

2012 Events

January 27  Survivor Outreach Program – 443-A Meeting Street, West Columbia, SC

February 1  Education Sub-committee Hearing – Jason Flatt Act – Columbia, SC

February 8  AFSP Advocacy Forum – Washington, D.C.

February 10 AFSP Chapter Leadership Conference – Arlington, VA

February 11  SC Breakout Session on Suicide Prevention and Postvention in Schools, Arlington, VA

February 24  2012 Winter Institute for Suicide Prevention, SC Department of Education, Olympia Professional Development Center, Columbia, SC

March 2  Helping the Hurting Conference: The Faith-based Community’s Response to Suicide, Midlands Technical College – Co-sponsor with MHA-SC and NAMI MidCarolina

March 5  21st Annual Seminar Law Enforcement and Schools: A Partnership for Safe Schools - “Youth Suicide Prevention” – Greenville, SC

March 6  Safe Schools Seminar “Youth Suicide Prevention” – Cayce, SC

March 7  Safe Schools Seminar “Youth Suicide Prevention” – Florence, SC

March 8  Safe Schools Seminar – “Youth Suicide Prevention” - North Charleston, SC

March 9  “Responding to Bereavement” – 3 day workshop by Therese A. Rando, Ph.D., BCETS, BCBT for clinicians and support providers dealing with grief and mourning, Lexington, SC

March 23  3rd Annual Chapter Charity Golf Tournament, Northwoods Golf Club, Columbia, SC

March 24  Out of the Darkness Walk Chairs Meeting, 443-A Meeting Street, West Columbia, SC

April 27  Training – Speaker’s Bureau – 443-A Meeting Street, West Columbia

July  2012 Summer Institute on Suicide Prevention 

September 20  Annual Support Group Facilitator Training 

Successful 2012 Community Walks

In the United States, a person dies by suicide every 15 minutes, claiming more than 34,000 lives each year. It is estimated that an attempt is made every minute; with close to one million people attempting suicide annually. With your participation, you will not just be walking, and your donors will not just be writing a check - you will be helping to save lives.

This year, we are pleased that South Carolina offered five of over 250 community walks taking place across the nation, in hopes of creating awareness and more funds for aggressive mental health research and prevention services within our communities. Locations included Charleston, Columbia, Hilton Head, Myrtle Beach, and Spartanburg.

October 14  Columbia Out of the Darkness Community Walk, Columbia Riverfront Park The Columbia Walk had 785 registered participants and has raised over $40,000.

October 14   Spartanburg Out of the Darkness Community Walk, Cleveland Park, has raised over $8,500.

October 21  Hilton Head Out of the Darkness Community Walk, Jarvis Creek Park, has raised over $14,000.

October 28 Charleston Out of the Darkness Community Walk, Hampton Park, Downtown Charleston has raised over $40,000, more than doubling its goal.

October 20  Myrtle Beach Out of the Darkness Community Walk, Broadway at the Beach, has raised almost $10,000.
Coming in 2013 Aiken Out of the Darkness Community Walk

November 17  Every year, survivors of suicide loss gather together in locations around the world to feel a sense of community, to promote healing, and to connect with others like them. Each location welcomes survivors of suicide loss, providing a safe and healing space where everyone can comfortably participate in a way that is meaningful to them. Join with others to listen to a diverse panel of survivors discuss their losses, how they coped, and much more. Come in person to experience the powerful sense of connection and community that is forged between survivors of suicide loss. You are not alone.

December Lifesaver Tree, Month of December, 443-A Meeting Street, West Columbia

2011 Events

January 27-30 AFSP Chapter Leadership Conference – San Diego, CA

January 28  Break-out Session featuring South Carolina, Montana, and North Dakota

Februay 4  Chapter Exhibit at MHA-SC Healing the Hurting Conference, LRADAC

March 16-18  SPAN Legislative Institute – Washington, DC

March 21  AFSP 2nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament Golden Hills Country Club, Lexington, SC

March 29  Panel Participation for Graduate Class at USC College of Social Work

April 28  Meeting of SC Suicide Prevention Coalition

April 30  AFSP – SC Chapter Sponsorship of NAMI Walk to increase mental health services and support to families

05/13/2011 AFSP – SC Chapter Exhibit at Mental Health America of SC Annual Meeting – Midlands Technical College

June  Suicide Prevention Summer Institute in partnership with SC Department of Education featuring “More Than Sad” and School-based toolkit

June 17  NC and SC School-based Mental Health meeting at USC Pembroke

July  Award to USC Counseling and Development Center by SC Chapter for funding of AFSP Interactive Screening Program

July 20  Award to SC Coalition for School-Based Mental Health for funding for project implementation

July 28  Meeting of SC Suicide Prevention Coalition

August  Launching of AFSP Survivor Outreach Program

August  Support Group Facilitator Follow-up Training

October 9  Bluffton Out of the Darkness Community Walk, University of South Carolina – Beaufort, Bluffton, SC

October 9  Spartanburg Out of the Darkness Community Walk, Cleveland Park, Spartanburg, SC

10/16/2011 Columbia Out of the Darkness Community Walk, Riverfront Park, Columbia, SC

November 6  Charleston Out of the Darkness Walk, Hampton Park, Downtown Charleston, Charleston, SC

November 19  International Survivors of Suicide Day

2010 Events

January 21  Presentation on AFSP and SC Chapter activities to SC Employee Assistance Professionals Association

January 22  Chapter information and representation at MHA-SC Helping the Hurting Conference

January 27 (12:00 – 1:00) - Suicide Prevention Panel on Your Day, ETV Radio featuring SC Chapter Board Members

January 28 – 31 National AFSP Chapter Leadership Conference, Charleston, SC SC Chapter received Chapter of the Year Award – small market – and the Outstanding Chapter Support of Research Award.

February 9  Presentation on AFSP Training Program, More Than Sad, at State Independent Living Advisory Committee by John Brown, Chapter Board President. Brown is Director of Forensics and Crisis Intervention at Columbia Area Mental Health.

March 8-9   Ed Neeley represented SC Chapter at the AFSP/SPAN USA Legislative Institute in Washington, D.C.

March 12   Dr. David Shaffer, international expert in research on adolescent suicide, was sponsored by the SC Chapter for Grand Rounds at the MUSC Institute of Psychiatry.

April 21–24   Presentation at the 43rd Annual Conference of the American Association of Suicidology by Dorian Lamis, doctoral candidate and SC Chapter board member.

April 24  Chapter sponsorship and presence at NAMI walk.

April 24  Workshop on Grief & Loss by Helen Pridgen at SoCarolina FostersParents Conferenceence.

June 2010  AFSP Presentation by Ed Neeley and John Brown, at Virginia Wingard Methodist Church.

July 14   Filming of Introduction by June Mackie for AFSP Training Program – MoreThan Sad - for South Carolina school guidance counselors

August 3 Helen Pridgen, MSW, LMSW, will present on teen suicide at the State Child Fatality Committee meeting. Pridgen, Chair of the SC Chapter Board, directs the State Independent Living Program for the South Carolina Department of Social Services.

August 13-14  AFSP Survivor of Suicide Loss Support Group Facilitator Training Program. Location: Activity Building of Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, 5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington, South Carolina 29072. Contact Eric Skidmore for more information at 803-206-8961 or ericskid@scleap.org.Scholarships are available for South Carolina participants.September – National Suicide Prevention Month – Presentation for soldiers and civilians at Ft. Jackson.

September-November   Launching of AFSP Training Program, More Than Sad, in partnership with SC Department of Education for guidance and counseling professionals. Contact June Mackie for more information at jmackie@sc.rr.com.

October 22-23  Dr. Meera Narasimhan- Professor and Chair, Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science - University of South Carolina School of Medicine and a board member of the South Carolina Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, will be a guest speaker at the NAMI South Carolina annual conference at The Embassy Suites Hotel, Columbia, South Carolina. Dr. Narasimhan serves as the Director of the Division of Biological Research in the Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. She is also the Director for Research Initiatives for the South Carolina Department of Mental Health.

Out of the Darkness Community Walks – The OOD Community Walks will take place in more than 200 communities across the nation this fall. Proceeds will benefit AFSP’s vital research, education, survivor and awareness programs to both prevent suicide and to assist those affected by suicide. Walks in South Carolina are in the following locations:October 10 - Spartanburg 2nd Out of the Darkness Community Walk Registration 1:00 – 2:00 pm, walk 2:00 – 4:00 and includes Closing Ceremony. Location: Cleveland Park, Spartanburg. For more information contact Walk Chair, Sara Settlemeyer at 864-580-0321 and visit www.outofthedarkness.org

October 17  Columbia 6th Out of the Darkness Community Walk Registration 1:00 - 2:00 pm, walk 2:00 – 4:00 pm and includes a Closing Ceremony in the pamphitheateratre. Location: Columbia Riverfront Park (corner of Huger and Laurel). For more information, contact Walk Chair, Teresa Arnold at 803-348-7518 and visit www.outofthedarkness.org

The State Director of the Department of Mental Health will open the Columbia Walk. John H. Magill is well recognized for his contributions to the healthcare field and has held a number of leadership positions in both professional and academic organizations. He is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at both the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, and at the University of South Carolina School Of Medicine, Columbia.

October 24   Hilton Head 1st Out of the Darkness Community Walk Registration 1:00 – 2:00, walk 2:00 – 4:00 and includes Closing Ceremony. Location: USCB New River Campus, Bluffton. For more information, contact Walk Chair, Pat John at 843-540-1841 and visit www.outofthedarkness.org

November 7   Charleston 4th Out of the Darkness Walk Community Walk Registration 1:00 – 1:30 pm, walk 2:00 – 4:00 pm and includes Closing Ceremony Location: Hampton Park, Charleston. For more information, contact Walk Chair, Martina Mueller at 843-792-3997 and visit www.outofthedarkness.org

November 20  Survivors of Suicide Day Conference - Locations will be announced in Columbia, Charleston, Greenville, Spartanburg, and Hilton Head. For more information, go to www.afsp.org or contact Helen Pridgen at hrpridgen@sc.rr.com. The SC Chapter Board includes two participants from the National Panels of the 2006 and 2007 conferences. Copies of the yearly broadcast are available through the AFSP web site.

2009 Events

Suicide Prevention Week - September 6 – 12, 2009 and AFSP – SC Chapter Activities September through November:

September 9 (11:30 am) Press Event and reading of City of Columbia Proclamation Announcing Suicide Prevention Week by State House Representative James E. Smith, Jr. Location: Dorn VA Medical Center on Garner’s Ferry Road

September 9 (12:00 pm) Appreciation Luncheon immediately following the Press Event to include media staff, VA representatives, AFSP Out of the Darkness Walk sponsors, team captains, committee, volunteers, plus representatives of AFSP–SC Chapter, NAMI Mid-Carolina, MHA of SC, South Carolina Suicide Prevention Coalition, and other invitees.

September 9 (7:30 – 8:30 pm )Shatter the Silence Panel featuring Barbara Sheridan, Suicide Prevention Coordinator of the USC Counseling and Development Center, John Brown of Columbia Area Mental Health and the AFSP – SC Chapter, and survivors of loss by suicide. Location: Russell House on USC Campus

September 10 (4:30 – 5:30 pm) USC Suicide Prevention Training to include the AFSP film The Truth About Suicide: Real Stories about Depression in College. Location: USC Campus, CHDC Conference Room, Byrnes Building, 7th Floor

September 11 (9:00 am) AFSP SC Chapter Charity Golf Tournament to benefit suicide research, education and survivor support. Reservations must be made by September 9. For more information, contact Ed Neeley at 803-760-2282. Location: Charwood Country Club

September 23 (12:00 – 1:00 pm) Suicide Prevention Panel on “Your Day” ETV Radio featuring four members of the AFSP – SC Chapter Board: John Brown of Columbia Area Mental Health, Dr. Sondra Keller of MUSC Institute of Psychiatry, Dr. Meera Narasimhan of USC School of Medicine, Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Helen Pridgen, LMSW, and Survivor.

October 1 (11:30 am – 1:30 pm) “Saving Lives” Suicide Prevention Fundraiser at the Mills/Jarrett Complex at DHEC, Bull/Calhoun Streets. Proceeds will be donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. For more information, contact Mary Kelly at 545-4102.

October 11  Columbia 5th Out of the Darkness Community Walk (3-mile walk): The OOD Community Walks are taking place in more than 200 communities across the country this fall. Proceeds will benefit AFSP’s vital research, education, survivor and awareness programs – both to prevent suicide and to assist those affected by suicide. Check-in 1:00 – 2:00 pm, Walk 2:00 – 4:00 pm with Closing Ceremony Location: Columbia Riverfront Park (corner of Huger and Laurel) For more information, contact Columbia Walk Chair, Teresa Arnold at 803-348-7518 and visit www.outofthedarkness.org

October 11 – Spartanburg 1st Out of the Darkness Community Walk Registration 1:00 – 2:00 pm, Walk 2:00 - 4:00 pm with Closing Ceremony Location: Cleveland Park, Spartanburg For more information, contact Walk Chair, Sara Settlemeyer at 864-580-0321 and visit www.outofthedarkness.org

November 1  Charleston 3rd Out of the Darkness Community Walk(1-mile walk) Registration 1:00 – 2:00 pm, Walk 2:00 – 4:00 pm with Closing Ceremony) Location: Hampton Park, Charleston For more information, contact Walk Chair, Becca Lynn at 843-475-6005 and visit www.outofthedarkness.org

November 21  Survivors of Suicide Conference Location: AFSP–SC Chapter Office, 1532-A Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia. Conference announcements are forthcoming for Greenville and Charleston. For more information, go to www.afsp.org or call the AFSP–SC Chapter office at 803-445-1263. The SC Chapter Board includes two survivors that have participated on the AFSP National Panel for the Survivors of Suicide Conference in 2006 and 2007. Copies of the broadcast are available through the AFSP web site.