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STOPS Announces Summer Training

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The Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) – a two-day suicide first-aid interactive workshop will be held on June 17th and 18th in Covington.
The program provides training for caregivers seeking to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Participants often include: people concerned about family or friends, emergency service workers, counselors, teachers, ministers, mental health practitioners, law enforcement workers and community volunteers. The emphasis is on suicide first-aid. This is a full two day intensive course taught by 2 to 3 trained staff. The course is approved by the NASW-LA Chapter for 14 general CEU credits. The cost is a nominal registration fee of $50.00. Scholarships are available.

Also being offered is the safeTALK training, Suicide Alertness For Everyone, which is a program to prepare persons to be suicide alert helpers in only a few hours. Participants will learn the TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen and Keep safe. Being trained in this process can assist in saving lives in our communities. The date for the safeTALK training is Thursday, June 24th in Covington. This course has been approved for 2.5 CEU general credits by the NASW-La Chapter. The cost is $35.00 to cover materials. Scholarships may be available for those who do not have the means to pay the nominal fees.

STOPS is now offering SuicideTALK which is a short exploration and awareness raising session. It is flexible to meet the needs of each group. SuicideTALK is aimed at all members and groups within communities. It is practice-oriented and provides open and honest dialogue for anyone interested in attending. It can last one to three hours with the content adapting to the needs of the group. By dispelling the myth that talking about suicide promotes suicidal behavior, SuicideTALK provides a solid foundation for suicide prevention. It aims to reduce stigma around suicide and promote awareness within the community. It also provides an opportunity for networking among participants. The TALK is a good starting point for those interested in learning more about suicide and attitudes around the issue. If you are interested in arranging a SuicideTALK for your workplace or community group, please contact Lynette Savoie, Executive Director of STOPS at 985.237.5506.

St. Tammany Parish has typically had one of the highest suicide rates in the state. STOPS has been working since its inception in December of 2001 to reduce the number of suicides through prevention and intervention with our ASIST and safeTALK classes, SuicideTALK sessions, and post vention with our SOS Support Group and our LOSS team. STOPS also provides speakers to inform community groups of signs to look for and how to handle those who may be at risk. STOPS has been a partner in the St. Tammany Parish School Board’s Youth Suicide Prevention Focus Group since its inception. For further information and to register for the trainings please visit the STOPS website at or call 985-237-5506.

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Fifth Annual West St. Tammany Red Beans ‘n Rice Cookoff To Benefit STOPS

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Fifth Annual West St. Tammany Red Beans & Rice Cookoff - United WayUnited Way presents the Fifth Annual West St. Tammany Red Beans ‘n Rice Cook-off, Monday, July 28. The event is $8 per person for all-you-can-eat red beans and rice plus dessert (drinks available for additional charge). Judging and awards will be held at 1 p.m. Teams may enter for $75 and sponsorships are available.

This year the event will be held at the STP School Board Building at 321 N. Theard St. in Covington. Drive-thru will be available at the 100 Block of East 24th St.

The event is also presented by St. Tammany Fire Districts No. 4 and No. 12, and the St. Tammany Parish Dept. of Fire Services. Proceeds benefit the St. Tammany Suicide Prevention Support Program (STOPS).

For more information on entering a team or becoming a sponsor, contact Jamene Dahmer at 985-778-0815 or, Chief Hines at 985-249-5723 or Chief Tassin at 985-626-8671.

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Behavioral Health Fair: Thursday May 16th

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Learn about the many mental health services available in St. Tammany Parish. Free and open to the public, sponsored by the St. Tammany Outreach for the Prevention of Suicide (STOPS), the National Alliance on Mental Illness St. Tammany (NAMIST), Greenbrier Behavioral  Healthcare and St. Tammany Parish. This event will be held Thursday May 16th at the National Guard Armory, 1320 N. Columbia Street, from 10 am – 2 pm.

For more information contact Erica Fols at 985-626-6538 or

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St. Tammany Outreach for the Prevention of Suicide

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The mission of STOPS is to reduce the incidence of suicide and its devastating aftermath in our community. By fostering prevention, intervention, and post-intervention resources, we seek to create a community safety net for individuals and families in crisis. STOPS also offers many programs to the citizenry of St.Tammany in an effort to decrease the loss of lives from suicide. More information is available on STOPS website,, or call (985) 237-5506.

The Playmakers Theater will offer a showing of their current play, “Little Shop of Horrors”, to benefit STOPS on Thursday, July 19th. Tickets available online: or call 985-893-1671 to reserve.