March 28, 2019

Dear Potential Applicant:

We are writing you about the next opportunity to attend an “Alternatives to Suicide” facilitator training Thursday, April 25th to Saturday, April 27th, facilitated by Marty Hadge and Sera Davidow.  This training is being sponsored and hosted by the Central Mass Recovery Learning Community. We’ve had great responses to the trainings we’ve offered so far.  Here are a few comments from previous participants:

·         “I want to thank [the trainers] and all my fellow Trainees for opening my soul. I have done many different trainings. The completion of [this training] is the one I am the most proud of, and the most inspired by.”
·         “It was so very good it inspired me to be involved with this process - a truly important and needed training. It should be mandatory.”
·         “This is one of the best trainings I attended in a while because it challenged me to really look at my fear and how I connect with myself and others.”
 ·         “You have opened my mind to new possibilities, taught me much, and I am extremely grateful, and proud, to have been a part of this wonderful shared experience, which I found more than a little transformative as well.”

The Alternatives to Suicide approach was developed by the Western Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community (RLC) in 2009 as one of the only peer-to-peer groups that truly focuses on the topic of suicide.  Rather than assessment and risk, these groups are based in creating a non-judgmental space in which to discuss suicide and other taboo topics. 

“Before [these groups], there was a big part of myself that I couldn’t show anybody.  I was told I could only talk about my sadness in this sanctioned little box (my therapist’s office).  But I couldn’t even talk about suicide there, because they would make me go into the hospital.”   - Group Participant

Currently, there are only a handful of Alternatives to Suicide groups in the country.  However, with interest growing in the training and philosophy that makes up the foundation of this approach, we anticipate that more groups will soon begin popping up in Massachusetts and beyond.  Join us and be a part of the movement.


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