What others are saying...
This workshop provides wonderful information in an easy to understand format. The skills obtained make me feel confident that I am prepared to help.” Autumn Holt
“Very good information. Goes well with CIT training.” Dean Akers, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office
“Definitely worth the time and money. Increased my awareness of suicide and prevention tools.” Pat Reynolds
This training was amazing. Providing real world experience and situations and expanding our idea of who the “suicidal” are, what to say, how to help.” Debbie Kemp
“It is a valuable training that affects a wide range of ages and populations as far as mental health. I hope more pastors and churches would be involved as well the Stephen Ministry.” Rosemarie Miller
“I deal with assessing people for suicide risk almost every day in my job as an LCSW, but the stats –nationally, statewide and especially locally were staggering and greatly appreciated. Ken sharing his story, just goes to show that we are all human and with enough stress, loss or trauma it can happen to anyone, but you can also survive.” Barbara Braun, LCSW
“I found the workshop to be very beneficial. I have attended many suicide workshops and would rate this overall 10 out of 10.” Susan Claxton
“This is one, if not the best workshops I have ever attended. Everyone – all walks of life should attend this workshop. Time flew by. Simply wonderful training. My eyes are open now. I WILL intervene!” Kathy Parsons
“Very honest, caring facilitator, Informed without preaching.” Ron Walton
“Excellent workshop! Although I was familiar with suicide intervention I found this method an effective, valuable resource. I particularly found the role playing helpful and the stories moving and memorable.” Bonnie Bar
“Great training for professionals and laypeople.” Robert Webster
“I have attended many boring seminars on the topic, although the topic should be anything but boring. The stories and humor helped keep my attention. It is obvious that your really care and put your energy into helping others.” Connie Hunt
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist and I appreciated the straight forward, realistic, “no psychobabble” approach in this workshop, and the focus on how as a community we can do something NOW to reduce suicides.” Jill Hastings, PhD.
“I've been praising the program to everyone that I see. I've been to lots of training, conferences, seminars, etc., but this is, by far, one of the best that I've seen, of any type! Very well researched and presented. Instructors were very skilled, compassionate, knowledgeable, and humble presenters. I was soaking in everything, knowing (as Ken said) that the program "called" me.”
“This class was very beneficial to me as a Stephen Minister Leader. Both Michael and Ken were very knowledgeable on the subject and their presentation was well done.” Dennis Palmer
“I am the mom of a preteen and usually have a houseful of preteen boys. I also volunteer at the school level. I feel more confident in my ability to identify and intervene in case of suicidal behavior with these children.” Kim Brinkley
“The workshop is a most practical hands on experience that instills confidence to helpers for identifying the potential of a suicidal notion as well as asserting themselves during the actual event. The workshop provides a proven suicide intervention model that identifies a series of steps to follow for taking quick action and following through with a life-saving plan.”
Wayne Monson, EdD
“Best workshop I have been to in a long time. Ken and staff used an everyday people approach for a difficult topic. I learned how to just "ask the question". What a rewarding conference.” Georgiana Bagley, LPC
"The trainers were great! The interaction and simulations really helped drive the training tools home. There was something for every learning style. I am excited about using this knowledge and training to help our community be a safer place!" Stephanie Summers, Exec Director Women's Crisis Center
"The Challenge has given me a voice to help end the epidemic of suicide - one person at a time."
Rebecca Gray, retired educator who lost son to suicide
"It is not hyperbole when I say that it was the most impactful professional learning I have encountered in my 20 year career. I left the training a different person, equipped with the skills to save a life. I recommend this training, to everyone. Pike County Public Schools looks forward to an on-going partnership as we prepare more educators to accept the I Will Intervene Challenge."
Michael Duncan, Ed.D, Superintendent Pike County Schools
Two weeks after attending the I WILL INTERVENE CHALLENGE we received the following email: "On the phone at this moment with a woman who initially said she was looking for a grief support group. She found the number of our Survivors of Suicide through an internet search. As she was speaking she became barely intelligible. Ken, I recognized the signs because of the training from the workshop. She is in immediate crisis right now. In exploring the risk I have discovered that she attempted last Friday and is contemplating the possibility again. We are doing a three way with the Georgia Crisis Line. They are dispatching a Crisis Response Team to her location as we keep her on the line..." Lynn Bradley, Newnan, GA
“Excellent workshop! After 40 years in the counseling field, it is rare I say that.” Marilyn Roberts, LPC
"One of the most intense (in a very emotional and moving way) environments that I have experienced in a long time.”
Scott Gilbert, Fayetteville, GA
"Rare people who really know how to connect with people… high level of compassion and caring for others. I am grateful to work with such kind and compassionate professionals."
Dr. Paul Wade, Suicide Prevention Program Manager, 99th RSC
"A heart for soldiers that extends beyond the Soldiers…”
COL John W. Aarsen, USAR
"A voice for the needs of soldiers in the civilian community."
Chaplain (LTC) Tim Bonner, USAR
“A high quality of performance…articulate, caring and sensitive…most commendable." COL. TRACY L. DAWKINS, USAR
“An extraordinary way of reaching people… overwhelmingly touched. ..already planning the next event!”
MAJ Connie Gonzales, Suicide Prevention Officer USAR
"This world is a better place for having compassionate champions like AFM. Their commitment, tenacity and support helps build the necessary networks so that we as a community can work together to reduce our losses. As far as AFM is concerned every day is World Suicide Prevention Day. For your work and efforts my friend I shout a resounding HOOAH!!!"
Sofia Wadman, Wales UK
Comments from a workshop at Ft Lee (names withheld per DOD)
"Very GOOD...definitely builds confidence that I might be able to help someone contemplating suicide. Before the class I would have "ran away" and told someone else to help."
"This workshop was very helpful and very encouraging. I'm much more confident that I am prepared to reach out to a person who is at risk. Both instructors were well prepared and effective teachers. THANKS!"
"I have learned so much!! I will now be aware of the flags that go up all around me. GREAT WORKSHOP!!!"
"Instructors were well prepared and made the workshop meaningful and helpful. Now I feel capable of making a difference and rendering aid to someone in need. Thank you for the opportunity."