Good Samaritan Offering Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention Class Free to Community

The Samaritan Center at Good Samaritan is proud to offer a free suicide prevention seminar for mental health professionals and the public on Friday, July 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Vincennes University’s Green Activities Center. This seminar titled, Suicide & Self-Harm, Stop the Pain, will be presented by Jack Klott, a nationally recognized suicidologist, author and expert in suicide prevention.

"Suicide rates continue to grow in Indiana, with the equivalent of about one suicide every 8 hours,” said Kristi Scherer, Executive Director of Samaritan Center. The Samaritan Center has been working hard to identify those at risk, provide education about where to get help and reduce the stigma associated with mental health. Suicide is one of the top 10 leading causes of death in Indiana and the number continues to rise. Training and educating professionals that work with at-risk populations is crucial.”

Suicide & Self-Harm, Stop the Pain will teach attendees many of the signs and preventable actions to prevent suicide. Those at the seminar will learn to identify the seven goals of self-harm, implement risk assessment strategies, recognize the danger of engaging in "contracts" with clients, and understanding "fear of litigation."

The seminar’s presenter, Jack Klott, MSSA, LCSW, CSWW, has helped and educated tens of thousands in his 45 years of suicide and self-harm client work. Klott has been a member of the American Association of Suicidology for 35 years and is the author of the national bestseller The Suicide and Homicide Risk Assessment and Prevention Treatment Planner.

The class will be on Friday, July 12 at Vincennes University's Green Activities Center. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and the class will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CEU's are available through PESI Health Care, a health care professional continuing education company, for an additional charge. For more information and to register please visit,

Good Samaritan is proud to offer this class for free to social workers, teachers, administrators, and other mental health professionals. The seminar is paid for in part by proceeds from the 2018 Good Samaritan Foundation Suicide Prevention 5K and donations from the 5K sponsors. This year’s Suicide Prevention 5K will be on Saturday, September 14. Learn more at

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