CARMEL, IN – The world’s challenging climate under lockdown has sparked a sharp increase in mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, and suicidal behavior. Many people—especially teens and young adults—are at a loss, wondering how they can help their friends and themselves during these trying times. To combat this crisis, Sigma Delta Tau, in partnership with Gelt Charitable Foundation, is offering an evidence-based suicide prevention and mental health awareness workshop free of charge.
“Suicide has become a prevalent issue in our communities in recent years, and has been further exasperated by this crisis,” shared Mr. Jack Miller, founder of the Gelt Charitable Foundation. “Suicide prevention education is crucial for our safety and well being, and for the wellbeing of the people we care about.” The workshop, taught by Mrs. Leigh Ioffe, a certified safeTALK trainer, and mental health advocate, will equip participants with hands-on tools, knowledge, and awareness to assist persons who may struggle with thoughts of suicide during this unprecedented crisis.
A series of trainings will be offered to chapter members on Zoom from November through January. Pre-registration is required and can be accessed at geltcharitable.foundation/upcoming.
“It is crucial that our sisters come together to get trained and learn to recognize the signs of suicide,” shared Beth Gruber, Past National President of Sigma Delta Tau. “One hour in exchange for life-changing skills is one powerful step we all can and should take to create a safer, healthier community. We encourage everyone to attend this important event. Together as a community, we can save lives. Sigma Delta Tau is grateful to the Gelt Charitable Foundation’s generous sponsorship for making this life-saving workshop possible.”
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About Sigma Delta Tau
Sigma Delta Tau is a National women’s social sorority, founded in 1917 at Cornell University by seven Jewish women. The National Sorority has more than 65,000 members. SDT empowers each member to reach her fullest potential by enriching the experience of women with similar ideals, building lasting relationships, promoting civic responsibility, and fostering personal growth.